Tag: Nativity

The Terror Of The Nativity

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In the 30s, Boris Karloff dressed up as Frankenstein and it was reported that women literally fainted in fear. In the 60s was a movie called Psycho that caused women to pass out in the theater.

What does this have to do with the Nativity? Back in Bethlehem, when the angels appeared, the shepherds were terrified. It wasn’t because they were of a sensitive nature. The shepherds were rough men of the outdoors. They were confronted with supernatural beings. It was terrifying. And the account records a very real reaction. If that’s their reaction to angels of God, how much more to God?

God is awesome! In Hebrew the word for awe is pachad. It also means fear. We need to have a holy sense of the awesomeness of God, the sense of awe that caused Isaiah to cry out, “Woe is me” – the awe that causes strong men to fall on their faces and caused the first believers to becom e mighty men and women of God and change the world. Draw near to God, and get into His awesomeness. Those who truly know Him are those who will walk in His holy awe.

Today’s Mission – Draw near to God’s presence today, and get into His awesomeness.

by Jonathan Cahn

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

Dr. David Reagan 90x115by Dr. David Reagan

I love the Christmas story. I love it so much that I keep a tiny nativity scene on my desk all year long. It is a constant reminder to me that God loved His creation so much that He was willing to become flesh so that He could die for our sins to make it possible for us to be reconciled to Him.

In telling the story year after year, we focus, as we should, on the precious baby laying in the feeding trough — the baby who is Emmanuel, "God with us." Almost equal attention is often given to the baby’s virgin mother, Mary. We also hear about the chorus of angels who appeared to the shepherds, and we hear songs sung about the Wise Men who came from afar, seeking the king whose sign they had seen in the heavens.

All of that is fine and proper. But in the midst of all the remembrance and celebration, one key character is usually forgotten and that, of course, is Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus.