Saturday, December 25 2010
Heirs Of God
The conception of Jesus Christ (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what really happened around December 25 on the Roman calendar) was by means of The Father, not a human father, but God The Father (see The Holy Father):
"1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
"Children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together"
Christ is the firstborn child of God:
"8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren [see When 'Born Again' Means 'Conceived Again']" (Romans 8:29 KJV)
The Father is The Father because He is creating children of Himself, a fulfillment of the yet-unfinished "1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27 KJV)
"8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Fact Finder: When was the Messiah conceived? At what time of year was He born?
This Day In History, December 25
336: The first documented observance of Christmas in Rome (the pagans had long observed a heathen festival at that time of year - listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax and see our study Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom, the first Catholic king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar.
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire." Surprisingly, the iconography of the Middle Ages shows the emperor, not the pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (see Emperors and Popes; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1066: The coronation of King William I (later known as William the Conqueror) of England.
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America.
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas."
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War, many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.