From the Editor Nov/Dec 2022
Christmas is around the corner. ’Tis the season for almost every made-for-television movie to overload us with house-decorating, tree-lighting, cookie-baking, and ice-skating scenes punctuated by endless repetitions of the feel-good mantra, “Christmas is a time for miracles.”
Yet all that holiday hype ignores the real miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when God became man, born in a humble stable in Bethlehem of Judea to a young Jewish couple descended directly from King David of Israel. It seems Christmas is becoming less and less about Jesus and more and more about almost anything else.
To make matters worse, people are trying to make Jesus over in their own image. The truly uninformed think He was a Roman Catholic. The Palestinians ludicrously claim He was a “Palestinian freedom fighter.” Wikipedia calls Him “a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader” whom Christians say was God incarnate.
But what did Jesus say? What did He say about Himself, about life and death and salvation and the end-times? Sadly, most people don’t know. Even sadder, some Christians don’t know.
In August 2021, relevantmagazine.com discussed the results of a study that found, “Of the born-again Christians between the ages of 18–39 surveyed, 60 percent agreed with the statement ‘Buddha, Muhammad and Jesus are all valid paths to God.’” Yet Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn. 14:6).
This Christmas season, we thought it would be good for Israel My Glory to ask the question, “How well do you know your Jesus?” Do you know Jesus said, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore”?
Do you know He acknowledged being God and the Messiah? Do you know He said, “Salvation is of the Jews” and “You must be born again”? Do you know He promised to return to Earth in a stunning, visible display of splendor and majesty that every eye will see? “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
We hope this issue will help you know Jesus better. And if you know about Him but don’t know Him, we urge you to ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life today. Then you’ll experience a true Christmas miracle that one day will carry you all the way to heaven! Merry Christmas!
Waiting for His Appearing,