MissionPoland Before Christmas Letter

Historians trace the origin of December 25 to the baptism of Clovis, ruler of the Franks (France and Germany) in around 491-2 A.D. Symbolically, turning the pagan holiday into a celebration of Christ. A hundred year later there were mass baptisms in England also turning against the pagan holiday to celebrate Christ. However in the East , the churches took to celebrating the birth of Christ on January 6 and they do so to this day. In the first centuries the church was just the church and the word Catholic meant the entire church worldwide as an adjective. Each church was independent in the first centuries, eventually the success of the church drew the interest of men like Constantine, Clovis and Charlemagne which led to the Holy Roman Empire and calling the western church the Roman Catholic Church. However, before the church divided into East and West in the eleventh century, the churches accommodated and declared December 25 to January 6, the Twelve Days of Christmas. Christ was probably born in the middle of the year, but if we tried to change the date which we don’t exactly know, we might not even get one day off from a PC government. The church has special privileges in America, because it existed before the government of the USA and the constitution forbids the government to interfere in our faith worship within the moral laws based on our Judeo-Christian Heritage.

God became a man and “emptied” Himself of all his glory and greatness, becoming even lower than the angels for the short time He was upon the Earth. He knew His glory and greatness was to return after His work was finished. “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” Gospel of John 17: 5 Jesus was God incarnate.

May this Courageous Christmas season be the best one you have ever had. If the Lord is preeminent in all our affairs, He will surely make this year special for all of us. Christmas for Christians is everyday, as we walk in the Spirit of Christ and remember that one day in our lives He walked in and was born in us. Poland’s greatest writer once said these words, “It’s good that you believe that God became a man and was born on Christmas day, but it’s more important that Christ is born in you.” Adam Mickiewicz

We are born of God, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God …” 1 John 5:1. Just as Jesus the Nazarene was born of God’s Spirit, Jesus said the second birth was by God’s Spirit as well, “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 7-8. We are not what we used to be before we were born anew (And yes, we sure aren’t what we’re going to be). It’s not an “unknown force” that is within us, it is the powerful Spirit of the Living God inside of every believer. Peter said, “… for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1: 23. Paul said,“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” Titus 3: 5. The Apostle Paul also wrote, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1: 13

The best gift of Christmas was given to us by the one who left His heavenly home and risked His very existence in order to save us from the deadly curse we were all under. All of us know that the exact date of Jesus birth is unknown. For most Christians to take a former pagan holiday and turn it into a celebration of Christ’s birth is a good thing. The pagan past before Christ is to be forgotten and blotted out. There was nothing good about it. Pagan worship and living is gone forever from the true believer. Yes it exists in not so subtle forms among nominal Christians and others, but we can use this season to share the true meaning and person of Christmas. We have a great gift from God by believing in Christ which far exceeds our wildest imagination. Salvation is not just passing from death unto life; it is literally a massive explosion of blessings that have been reigned upon us. Rejoicing is in order for our Savior’s birth.

For those suffering this Christmas; Our hearts and prayers are with you! You too are commanded to rejoice as your suffering will end and all things will work together for good, because you really are in God’s Forever Family! The old English word “merry” originally meant ‘courageous’. This life is treacherous and sadness befalls us all in time – we are mindful of this. The pains and suffering of health, death, persecutions and broken relationships eventually touch all of us. You may live near Disney World, but none of us live in Disney World. We have been given a new Eternal Land that we all should look forward to. Nothing we see here will last, only the souls of men and women going to one destiny or another. Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” Luke 19: 10. After the resurrection Jesus said these words to His followers, “As the Father has sent me, even so send I you.” John 20: 21.

 

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