ONE TWO THREE FOUR.....FIVE "Do They Know It's Christmas"

a writing by James Stephen Thompson

One Two Three Four… Five “Do They Know It's Christmas”

Press on, press on being the words brought out as war, so it seems, continues to make progress in such a variety of ways, and here upon this Earth also. One two three four, one two three four, we all march on to what it is, God has in store! After all, it was only Christmas last year when I was painting and decorating my home inside. I hasten to add that since that period of a few days, I have been able to relax much easier within my lounge. However, the message received being press on, press on. Well, only God sees onto the end; I myself cannot say!

The summer season over here in Great Britain meanwhile has now past, as the autumn weather steps in together with a much cooler climate, and therefore; environment. First folk over here are complaining that it is too hot, yet today so many moan that, it is too cold. It is so clear to observe that, so many are so difficult to please. ‘The grass is greener on the other side,’ being the statement of words brought out as, one surveys a neighbouring environment.

From the news headlines brought out over here during the summer and today, it has been through such a stifling summer season, that our harvest this year has been so poor. Also, those who take to gardening and the garden being unable to accept the heat, and therefore drought, through what did seem as being such a decent period of time. Naturally, when something does not work out as expected, both the mind and body of so many people, simply cannot accept!

It was only two weeks back in time when over here in Great Britain, it was what we know as Halloween. Halloween I was reading, meant to represent the scariest night of our year. Often celebrated by folk, most likely children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes together with their statement of words unto those caught; ‘trick or treat’. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.

However, Halloween this year is now past and actually, so has Bonfire Night, a celebration of fireworks on the evening of November 5th and, Remembrance Sunday or Saint Andrews Day on the 30th November, is now on its way as is Christmas Day also. What I myself picture in my mind from so much occurring within such a short period of time, and such a high number of activities within such a short period up to the period of Christmas Day is; One, Two, Three, Four, Five; ‘Do they know it’s Christmas time at all.’

This very day following almost forty years of hectic battle for the sake of the sick, and within the walls of the NHS, I sit relaxed praise God as Remembrance Day proceeds. A Sunday to remember all of those who fought in wars of the past, and either made it safely home, or otherwise did not and were more or less, crucified by crossfire. A period of time I would say as to when those who did fight, must not be forgotten. My own father was amongst those who fought for the sake of all his people in the second world war, and how he himself had to suffer for the rest of his days through, although being asked to forget the past, simply suffered with constant memories that came forward. Scenes representing strong battle present within in his mind, and for the rest of his life. He fought for Britain and all of its people, yet time after time suffered the scene of the flow of blood.

Yes, it shall now soon be Christmas, the time we understand to be when Christ was born onto this Earth. He still mind-you, himself had a great deal to fight his way through, before being crucified on the cross for the sake of all the people. As on the third day of course, the place of the skull, stood empty.

I myself throughout my period of employment and through managements lack of knowledge, had that great need to fight on to the finishing line, together with medical information to deliver thrown round my arms. So many years of full employment, yet today and relaxed, I sit together with the chimes of church bells from all parts of the globe asking myself; ‘where has that period of forty years gone?’ We are informed through use of the bible of, so much that is occurring today within all parts of the globe, and for what length of time can we all manage to battle our own way forward, until Christ simply has the need to make His return so to save His people? His people being those who have prayed for forgiveness and also, accepted the Lord as their saviour. Remember, once forgiven of all sins, God shall remove all memories from His place of the skull; His diary. Yet we ourselves, have to live together with the past, and thoughts or expectations of what is to happen next in the coming future, where it is that God sees onto the end.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."

In these verses, Paul confidently affirms that there is a resurrection to come. Christians, unlike others who have no promise of an afterlife, should look forward to being with God after their physical death. Paul, in no uncertain terms declares that those who are dead in Christ will be raised from the dead! Death is not final!

Notice the phrase in verse 14 which says God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus, then the parallel in verse 16 which says, the dead in Christ shall rise first. There is no doubt that those saints which have died will partake of the resurrection. The evidence, the proof of this is found in the fact of Jesus' resurrection.

There is a great temptation to stop here and examine in greater detail, the state of the dead in Christ, and just exactly what will occur at Jesus' return, but that is not really Paul's purpose. Paul very clearly lets it be known that there is a cause and effect relationship at work in his words. Therefore to comfort one another is indication to us that there should be great comfort in the confident assurance of Jesus resurrection, and the very necessary inference that if God raised Jesus from the dead, God can do it again and raise others from the dead too!

Paul is saying:

1. There is no doubt that Jesus was resurrected!
2. There is no doubt that what God has done once, he can do again!
3. When Jesus returns, God will raise the dead in Christ.
4. Those still living shall join them meeting Jesus.
5. We shall ever be with the Lord.

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