I know people who think the end is near. They are convinced the world is collapsing into an apocalyptic abyss and the world’s final days are upon us. Some of them believe that Jesus will come a second time and rescue them. Others are not sure and are bracing themselves for the darkness ahead. They are worried. They are losing hope. They are afraid.
They shouldn’t be.
In his latest book, Hidden Christmas (Viking, $20), Timothy Keller explores the hope and light embedded in the message of Christ’s birth. We are exhorted to live in peace, not in fear; to live in hope, not in dread. The reason is simple. For unto us a son has been given, unto us a great light has dawned. If you are worried about your personal life, our nation, or the world in general, Hidden Christmas has a message for you. The story of Christmas is not a sweet, sentimental tale without relevance to today’s troubles. It is the story of how God invaded this planet and began reconciling the world to himself. It is a story of great joy, of good news, and of the glory of God. And it is just as relevant now as it was the night angels thundered across the Judean hills.
Our rescue from darkness is not ahead of us, bursting through the eastern skies; it is behind us, lying in a manger. So don’t be afraid of the future. The days of darkness are numbered, but of the holy Child’s kingdom, there shall be no end.
Glory to God in the highest!
–Darrel Holcombe, OwnerSanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
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