FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2012
THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
Rejoice, for the Savior has been born!
Jesus was born in very challenging circumstances. He was
born to an unwed teen-age mother. Her fiance almost decided
to abandon her. He was born in a manger because there was
no room for them in an inn. As a newborn baby he had to
flee with his parents to Egypt to escape a king intent on
are very familiar to the circumstances we face today--teen-age
pregnancy out of wedlock, men forcing their girl friends
to have an abortion, dire poverty, and worse of all, the
holocaust of the unborn. The culture of death pervades throughout
the whole world. The United States just re-elected the most
pro-abortion President ever, and this Herod is intent on
destroying even more unborn babies. Even the Philippines,
the last nation standing against divorce and abortion, has
had a reproductive health bill passed. This nation is now
at the top of the slippery slope.
is much to be afraid of.
We face very challenging times in this third millennium,
where the assaults against faith, family and life are intensifying.
as King Herod was greatly troubled at the news of the birth
of the king of the Jews, today’s Herods are troubled
by more children in the world. Just as he resorted to deception
in asking the magi to search for the child, they resort
to lies, deception and manipulation to advance the culture
of death. Just as he ordered the massacre of the innocent
infants, they are intensifying the work of population control
through abortion, contraception, euthanasia, divorce and
as Caesar Augustus decreed that the whole world should be
enrolled in a census, today’s global elites look to
a one-world government where every person is registered
and given a mark, perhaps a digital implant. Just as the
Holy Family had to flee to Egypt, homeschooling parents
have had to flee from nations that have criminalized homeschooling,
such as Germany and Norway. Just as there was sobbing and
loud lamentation in Ramah, mothers forced to abort in China
have been utterly devastated.
But then, in the darkness of the night, the light shines
forth. In the desperation of the moment, God sends just
exactly what we need.
The angel says to us what he said to the shepherds struck
with great fear. “Do not be afraid; for behold, I
proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for
all the people. For today in the city of David a savior
has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Lk
indeed is good news of great joy. Our Savior has been born.
He has come to deliver us from our sins, and from the darkness
and evil of a fallen world. He who is Life itself has come
to defeat the culture of death.
Merry Christmas to all. Rejoice in the Lord always.