What greatest gift? (From p. 1)
Virtually every single problem in the world today would be solved if people wouldsimply have love for one another. But that will not happen until Jesus Christreturns to this earth in all power and glory to take over the reins of governmentand begins to teach people how to love God and how to love one another, whichis the keeping of the two great commandments (Matt.22:36-40). We live in aworld filled with hate, which is the direct result of the one whole currently rulesthis world, Satan the devil, the god of this world (2 Cor.4:4).Another great gift we can give people is the God’s truth from the Bible (John17:17) and the truth about the One, True God of Israel, which is not the God thatprofessing Christianity worships. Notice:"
Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue inmy word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and thetruth will make you free."
" (RSV, John 8:31-32)The world today in general is not free but in bondage to Satan’s system and theworld that man has built, because mankind rejected God as ruler over them inthe Garden of Eden and thus accepted Satan as their god and ruler. Since then,mankind has gone its own way and has in general been cut off from God andfrom salvation.But once God calls someone to salvation and opens their mind to the truth of HisWord and His thoughts, that person will become free and begin to start thinkinglike God does. Once you make a commitment to live God’s way of life, you willbegin to develop the spiritual "gifts" or fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-23). Youwill also start to understand many of the mysteries of life that are hidden frommost human beings, such as:Who is God? Where did everything come from? Who am I? What does lifemean? Why is the world so confusing and have so many incurable problems?What is the meaning of the human family? What is my destiny and where am Igoing?The most important gifts we can give to others in this life are not the physicalones, but rather the ones that make a long-lasting effect on the lives of othersaround us. The gifts we can develop and give to others, of love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, are theones that will last for eternity:"
There are three things that will endure-- faith, hope, and love-- and thegreatest of these is love.
" (1 Cor 13:13, NLT)
December 25 date in spite of the facts. Many simply enjoy the seasonand feel that the actual day of Christ's birth is irrelevant. Biblical andhistorical scholars are equally divided over this question as well.Christmas, however, is founded on the premise that Jesus was born onDecember 25, and a person who is truly striving to follow the Bible willsee that the celebration of Christmas is based upon falsehood.
The Clues in Luke's Gospel
On the surface, the accounts of Matthew and Luke reveal little about thetime of Jesus' birth. No dates are given, no season of the year is named.As a well-regarded historian, Luke, however, provides a sound, orderlyaccount of the events that removes any doubt as to the general time ofJesus' birth. All the clues arethere, and all that is required isto dig them out and put them inorder to discover the truth.In a long section covering Luke1:5 through 2:8, Luke writes of aspecific series of events inchronological order. He beginsby telling the story of Zacharias,a priest, and his wife Elizabeth,who were childless. Whileadministering his priestly dutiesduring the course of Abijah,Zacharias was visited by theangel Gabriel, who told him thathis prayers had been answeredand that he and Elizabeth wouldhave a son. They were to namehim John.Because Zacharias doubted thatthis would happen, Gabrielinformed him that he would notbe able to speak until the birth ofhis son. As soon as his servicein the Temple was completed,he returned to his own house.Elizabeth soon conceived andhid herself five months, unsureof how her pregnancy would beviewed.In the sixth month of Elizabeth'spregnancy, Gabriel visited Maryand informed her, "And behold,you will conceive in your womband bring forth a son, and shallcall His name Jesus" (verse 31).Soon thereafter, Mary visited hercousin Elizabeth and stayed withher until the latter's ninth month,leaving just prior to John's birth.Jesus, then, was bornapproximately six months afterJohn.What information do we have upto this point?
» Zacharias, a priest, performed hisduties during the course of Abijah.» After he returned home fromJerusalem, Elizabeth conceived.» Mary conceived in the sixth monthof Elizabeth's pregnancy.» John was born approximately sixmonths before Jesus.