Dear Fellow Workers in Christ’s Kingdom:
The national election, by many estimations, surprised the pollsters. Newspaper headlines on November 9 (or 10, if after the publishing deadline) reported an anomaly—a man elected president who seemed to have no chance at winning. Headlines of a far superior anomaly could have blared well over 2,000 years ago. A special King, far superior to any this world has ever known, was born in a stable at a small village in Palestine. If people were in the prediction business back then, they should not have been so surprised. Isaiah and other prophets had foretold the birth. It was truly an extraordinary event—God himself taking on human flesh to be the Savior of sinners! But do we have any reason to believe that, even if newspapers were to have captured the event in huge headers, it would have altered what John wrote: “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11)? By faith in this King of Kings born in the little town of Bethlehem, we today are holding to a message announced not by stunned pundits but by holy angels to shepherds in their fields at night. Yet this newsworthy event is the greatest message intended for all to believe! May we take to heart the verbally inspired and inerrant report of the Gospel writers concerning this birth and its importance for our salvation. And may we continue to publish and proclaim this great news to the world.
Blessings in the name of our Incarnate Redeemer,
John A. Moldstad