Holy Night

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Luke 1:23



On Christmas Eve in 2008, Bagram Airfield was a scene of dichotomy.  Christmas had come to the Afghan desert as soldiers holding candles belted out familiar carols.  Uniformed men and women walked along a path brightened by luminaries to a Christmas concert.  Others gathered in the Chapel for a six o’clock service.  


On the other side of the airfield, in the dim light of dusk, a flag-draped steel casket was being unloaded from a military vehicle.  Someone in the United States was going to suffer a Christmas homecoming that no one wanted.  It was a heartbreaking scene. 


In an article for Christianity Today magazine entitled "Christmas in Afghanistan," Leigh Bishop, a psychiatrist serving at Bagram and who witnessed this Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, wrote

these words.  He said:


Jesus did not come just to provide an occasion to sing carols, to feast, and to exchange gifts. But we are right to do these things, even as soldiers die and families grieve, because Jesus came.  And in His coming, He brought joy and peace—the joy that overcomes our sorrows and the only kind of peace that ultimately matters. It's His peace of which the end of all wars, terrible as they are, is merely one token. It's the peace that means the long war between the heart and its maker is over. It's a peace treaty offered in Bethlehem and signed, in blood, on Calvary.


On that holy night so long ago, Jesus came to accomplish God's mission of bringing peace between God and man. Please don’t miss the reason for Christmas!  Do you know Jesus?  Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior?


You can give your life to Christ today, Romans 10:9-10 says,

“… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”


Have a great day, and keep moving forward!