Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas with Jesus

Twenty young children from Newtown, Connecticut will spend Christmas with Jesus this year. Terror hit their school and they will never know what it's like to graduate from high school or college. They will not know the joy of marriage or having children of their own. Many ask, "How can a loving God allow this to happen?"

I am thinking today that Satan takes credit for this, not God. Satan is a liar and a murderer. He comes to kill and destroy.

Jesus, on the other hand, said, "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them" Matthew 19:14. He left His home in heaven to be with us. Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel," which means, "God with us." We need God with us. We need Jesus.

Terror hit Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Herod heard about a newborn King of the Jews and ordered the death of all baby boys under the age of two. Hundreds of little boys died at the hands of a jealous king. Yet Herod's evil act did not kill our Lord. The Father led Joseph, Mary and Jesus in an escape to Egypt until Herod died. Jesus grew into a man and accomplished His purpose--to heal the sick. The blind saw, the deaf heard, the lame walked, and the lepers were cleansed. The good news of our salvation was preached to the poor. All this was fulfillment of Isaiah 35:5-6.

The government and religious leaders made another attempt to kill Jesus on the cross. Thanks be to God, Jesus rose from the dead, rolled away the stone and more than five hundred witnesses saw him before He ascended into heaven. He promised beforehand, "I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever -- the Spirit of truth" John 14:16. God is with us today through His Holy Spirit.

Even though Satan prowls around looking for people He can devour and destroy, God is in control. I don't understand the wickedness that happened in Newtown, or Bethlehem or on the cross. I only know I have to trust the Lord with all my heart and that I cannot lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

Father God, I don't understand, but I am asking for You to comfort the victims who are left behind the terror. Show them Your compassion and comfort as only You can. May they take refuge in the shelter of Your love and rest in Your peace. Amen.


Chris said...

Beautiful tribute to fallen innocents!

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, Chris.

John Hollingshead said...

This truely is a beautiful tribute familes in Connecticut, The USA, and around the World. We will be praying as well, and I will post this to my facebook page for more to see. Thanks Sister Sue

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, John, for spreading the prayers around. God bless these dear people.