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December Newsletter-Christmas 2020

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son…Gal 4:4

There was a perfect time, a unique time, an appropriate time, and in our case, it became Christmas time. The implication is, after a delay, sometime after there was space between God’s planning and doing, at a specific time, the Father gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, ‘that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ That’s the overwhelming purpose of the Gospel. The word used here for Son holds more meaning than just being an offspring of God, more than just simply originating from God. The fullness of being God’s Son also implicates the presence of the character, the nature, the heart of the Father as well. God sent His Son to share a ‘God Life’ with us, to redeem us from Adam and deliver to us a new way to live. It was a loving God’s response to Adam’s failure, ‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.’ (John 3:16) God’s Purpose defined.

Now the next few sentences are not important. It’s only fun to look at, to think about. They make no difference in the actual application of what Paul called our adoption as children of God. But it’s Christmas, it’s interesting to search some of the material on what day was Jesus born. As I said, it’s not important, only our curiosity drives it, but most everyone that has written on that subject is quick to point out that the one day we’re pretty sure he was not born is December 25th. Don’t throw stones at me just yet. It’s just that the Bible doesn’t specifically indicate a date and people that research such things all agree that the clues in scripture move us away from December. Our traditional Christmas celebration was established by Emperor Constantine in 336AD. Clues in the Bible such as shepherds in the field usually not indicative of December, Augustus’ census was never held in an Israel winter because of the weather. In fact had it been a winter, Mary and Joseph probably would not have been traveling the 70 miles between Nazareth and Bethlehem, Mary very pregnant and not really donkey agile. Also, the folks that study the physical sky point to the practical alignments of Venus and Jupiter (June 2BC) or Saturn and Jupiter (October 7BC) as likely the Shepherd’s- leading bright star of scripture. But, we wish you a Merry December Christmas just the same! As I said, not important but fun to look at.

The reason I bring that up is because the birth is the important part, not the date. The incarnation of Christ doesn’t depend upon December 25th being significant; what’s significant is that before the foundation of the world, ie, the whole of the cosmos (and that’s everything that exists out in front of God, everything), Jesus was coming to comfort, redeem and save. In that coming, on that perfect someday, Jesus was a New Adam, making all things new, not only in each life that is re-generated, but a New Garden was established to sustain believer’s lives. The tree of Life had been replanted in the Garden of Gethsemane to re-establish the one removed because of Adam and Eve. Once again His creation could access a way to live that was in a person relationship with Father, Son and Spirit. The Old Testament migrated from the original relationship of Adam and Eve with God, to an Adamite separation with its fear, embarrassments and alienation. New Testament teaching after Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascending, re-established a Garden environment for believers to personally walk, talk, trust and be comforted by God once again. When Paul writes in 2Corinthians 5:17, he confirmed that in believers’ lives all things were new. All things in the Greek means all things! We stand in the middle of a fallen world, but we also occupy the middle of a new creation because Christ is in the middle of that new creation.

Son of God: strong words and many significant meanings. As the second Adam: The Son established universal dominion on earth. As a son of Abraham: heir of the land of the Covenant. As son of David: heir to the throne of David. As Son of God: the heir of all things as testified to in Hebrews 1:2 (heir of all things, made all things) Acts 10:36 (Lord of all).

Next month on January 8th, we will celebrate our 31st year of music ministry over FM 104.5. Singing began as an expression of a future hope. We still prepare and hope for a new day to come and ‘come quickly’ might be an appropriate present attitude. I hear that in much of the music coming out for us to play on the radio recently. Music in the faithful began early as we have writings of the Song of Moses, David, Elizabeth and others. I’ve had many conversations over the years with artists that have come in concert. I remember talking to a few about their creative songwriting. Some songs just stop us in our tracks and our attention and heart is drawn to the lyrics. I have changed my tune about using the word ‘creative’ over time. I no longer express what an artist does as a creative process. That hangs all the responsibility on their skills and ability to envision the moment. I’m more likely to express my thought as what great ‘discoveries’ they have made to write their music. Christ lives in believers’ hearts, His Spirit whispers to our souls and that’s the real resource I think artists tap into to write those songs that cause us to pause and listen intently. What’s inside them is being discovered by the artists and shared to others. It’s not being created as much as revealed in their music. I mentioned to someone just a few days ago, the Spirit of God is like a musical tuning fork that, when the fork is struck, vibrations of the right frequency are activated. Like that fork, our hearts vibrate when we hear the Truth of God, our heart responds to God’s frequency. We hear a song, a sermon or a spoken word and it vibrates in our soul, lights up in our Spirit.

Music, and we’ve had all these years to share it, can stimulate the tuning forks in our hearts. The math associated with musical scale is fascinating but too lengthy to describe in this letter. However let me say this, when we listen to music the notes are at differing frequencies, those vibrations of the frequencies hit the 10,000 ‘organ of corti’ in our ear and we sense the sound. Our hearts have spiritual corti and Jesus taught that those that have ears to hear, let them hear. All those people had flaps on the side of their heads, but Jesus was saying to listen with the corti of our hearts. Even though we hear it through our ears, on the inside it is playing in a playground of our hearts as well. Some people dance, some raise their hand, many fall to their knees, tears can stream down our faces, smiles appear, eyes brighten and amen’s are thought or said or can be heard around us. What’s going on in the inside is not only entertaining but it can be a place where time stands still and a spiritual ‘touching’ can take place. When that happens sometimes intimate things happens that step us into that New Garden that Christ has established. All of God, Father, Son and Spirit, dance, raise Their hands, smile, express shouts of Joy for us. That Trinity is with us, never at any time are any of the Three separated from us. When Jesus came as Son, Father was with Him, Spirit was with Him and that is true today as well. If Christ be in you, you in Christ, He, the Father and Spirit are present in our lives as well. If we live like that is not true we rob ourselves of the purpose again of God sending the Son on that unique day, that perfect time.

From all of us at WBVN we obviously have for 30 years hoped the best for you and your family. We are blessed to be able to celebrate the birth of Christ every day of the year. And, getting to wish you a very Merry Christmas for the 31st time is a gift to this ministry staff.

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