Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER!


Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, was born in Bethlehem on Christmas Day more than 2000 years ago, in a livestock barn because that was then the only available place for His miraculous virgin birth. After his birth, He was placed in a manger, the livestock woodbox for feeds as His crib, the lowliest designated for the Highest.

It was a beautiful shining star from Heaven that led the three wise men from the East and the poor shepherds on the field to the manger where He was lying in order to worship Him and offer their most precious gifts to God manifest in the flesh. This is the essence of Christianity.

Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas because it is the birthday anniversary of mankind’s Lord and Savior and the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD who will save those who believe on Him from eternal death in hell.

As a Christian, I was shocked when U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman voted against a congressional resolution honoring Christmas and the Christian faith. However during the debates in 2008 when I run against him for the fifth congressional district of New York, the honorable congressman who is Jewish expressed his regret for doing it. He said he was not against the Christian faith for voting against the resolution but against the politics if there is in the resolution.

I am glad that Congressman Ackerman who always addressed me during the debates as his political opponent, was able to explain his vote against the Christmas Resolution.

I may say that history will tell that those who blasphemed Christ went the way of King Herod, then the Roman client king of Israel during the birth of Jesus who ordered the massacre of innocent male children about age 2 in Bethlehem for failing to kill Christ at the time of His birth.

King Herod died of a mysterious disease that he crawled like a worm with his putrefied body full of worms. It is said that his sons who succeeded his rule also suffered the same terrible sickness.

Jesus’ humble birth in a manger teaches that we must humble ourselves before God and obey His commandments because that’s what He is – God in Heaven and no other else.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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