A 7-year-old boy was in critical condition on Christmas Day after being shot in the head shortly after midnight. The boy, Leonard Cobb III, was one of two people hit by bullets apparently fired from across the street of a home on the 1000 block of Durbin Street, in Gary, Ind.
Had enough of this gun violence yet? I didn’t think so. Merry Christmas…
The next time one of the #Occupy people tell you they have it badly because they live in the First World and don’t have a greater share of capital, show them this picture and ask them why this shouldn’t be them:
via Ebro Mamanim on FB
The New Testament is right to draw from this theological well (Is 53) as it nicely expresses the reason for which redemption is necessary. No one should celebrate Christmas without remembering that it is because of sin that the sending of the redeemer is necessary.
To put it poetically
If it weren’t for your being so depraved
He wouldn’t have been planted in the grave.
In Isaiah we find
Like sheep we had all wandered away, each going its own way, but the LORD let fall on him all our crimes. 7 He was oppressed and tormented, but didn’t open his mouth. Like a lamb being brought to slaughter, like a ewe silent before her shearers, he didn’t open his mouth. 8 Due to an unjust ruling he was taken away, and his fate—who will think about it? He was eliminated from the land of the living, struck dead because of my people’s rebellion. (CEB)
He died because of you. He was raised from the grave for you. That shouldn’t be forgotten on the day people think most about Him.
Al Jazeera has a fantastic photo array of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East celebrating Christmas. Take a look. Here’s my favorite- from the Church of the Nativity in the little town of Bethlehem:
Two bomb explosions targeting Christmas morning church services in Nigeria have left at least 25 people dead, officials said, in what appears to be a series of co-ordinated attacks in the heart of the country.
The first attack occurred near a Catholic church in Madala, on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja, during morning prayers. Rescue workers have recovered at least 25 bodies from the church as officials continue to tally those wounded in various hospitals, said Slaku Luguard, a co-ordinator with Nigeria’s national emergency management agency (Nema).
A second explosion was reported 100 miles away outside a church in the city of Jos, the scene of a bombing campaign on Christmas Eve last year. Government spokesman Pam Ayuba said the blast near the Mountain of Fire Church was followed by gunshots and that at least one police officer had been wounded.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Nigerian security forces have been battling the militant Islamist Boko Haram group, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country, which is split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.
The Prince of Peace hasn’t yet been embraced in many places on our planet, has he…
Have a wondrous day and a brilliant New Year!