The story is told of the commander of a battleship, some years ago, who was confronted one dark night, with that wich appeared to be another vessel dead ahead and on a collision course.
"Signal him to alter course to the right" Instructed the commander to his signalman.
"Negative." came the response. "You alter your course to the right."
Incensed that the other vessel would disregard his order he barked "Tell him that I am an admiral in the U.S. Navy. Alter your course to the right."
"Negative." came the answer "I am a seaman first class. You alter your course to the right."
Infuriated, the commander of the battleship replied. "I am a battleship. Alter your course."
"Negative." came the reply. "I am a lighthouse."
The above story is an analogy. The Bible is like the lighthouse. We must choose whether we will heed its message or not. Jesus Christ is like the rock the lighthouse was built upon. To some He is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense! To others He is a Rock and a Fortress and a Redeemer. This means He is the one who saves them from certain destruction.
We, like the commander of the battleship, have a decision to make to disregard or to humbly obey that message. And what is that message? It is the message that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" (I Cor 1:3) It is the message that "Neither is there salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven, that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) It is the message that "All we like sheep have gone astray we have turned every one to his own way but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him." (Isa 53:6) It is the message that "At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Phil 2:10,11) What will your choice be?
Either we, like the wise men and shepherds of long ago, will bow before Jesus Christ as Savior and King in this life, or we will bow before Him as Judge in the next life. For it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that comes the judgment" (Heb 9.27)
Is. 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matt. 1:18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Micah 5:2: But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from ever lasting.
Matt. 2:1: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Luke 2:4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Rejoice with us in Godís perfect fullfillment of his promise.
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