As he does every week, Dr. Hugh Ross responded to a question sent to his ministry. Usually I ignore his feedback responses. They’re almost always shorter than anything I write, rarely footnoted, and often seem to be little more than the thoughts off the top of his head when he received the question. While there is a place for that kind of format, its not something I would generally bother to respond to. Not this time. This time, Ross managed, somehow, to botch Christmas.
In a very real sense, Christmas is about promises. Importantly, they are promises that were made thousands of years before God finally fulfilled them. The Old Testament predicts the coming of Christ thousands of years before He was born. And, just like always, God came through. Today, as we approach the Christmas season, we are going to examine some of the promises in the Bible Christ fulfilled by coming to earth.
Before Christ came, all men had was the law. Yes you could still believe God and have it counted for righteousness but the law itself offered little in the way of hope. It was an unkeepable list of rules and every time you broke a rule, you had to offer sacrifice to atone for the rule being broken. The law could not be kept. The Jews undoubtedly looked at the law and felt so inferior. In a sense that was the point: to show the Jews they could not meet God’s standard on their own. However, with the impossible comes a lack of hope. The hope of all the earth….is Christ.
Every year the same topic comes around to divide Christians right around this time. A portion of the church, often … More