Christmas Greetings 2016
It is time for Christmas time all over again. It is a wonderful time of the year that inspires all to seek the refuge and fellowship of family and friends. Pamela and I have been in Newfoundland since 2013; 1 January, 2017 will mark the beginning of our fifth year of service in this wonderful community of friendly people.
Since our arrival we have met many of you from various walks of life. Some of you have shared your joys, successes, victories as well as sorrows, challenges and disappointments. They all make up a healthy tension of the world we live in. Yet, our world was never meant to be a frustration to anyone; it was created for us so we may live in a perfect environment with "dominion" over all creation (Genesis 1:28).
Unfortunately, since the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, we have been living in a world of death, pain and sorrow. Fortunately becuase of Jesus we have the hope that some day soon this situation will be resolved when Jesus returns to Earth to renew what was lost and to take His people (1 Thessalonians 4:17), those who have the faith of Jesus and are obedient to His commandments (Revelation 12:17; 14:12).
This blessed hope (Titus 2:13) we have in common as Christians, disciples of Jesus, would not be possible without the incarnation, birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). This hope was first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden soon after the sin of Adam and Eve.
"...And I will put enmity
Between you (the serpent) and the woman,
And between your seed (the serpent) and her Seed;
He (the Messiah or Christ) shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15, NJKV)
The promise that the works of Satan would be utterly destroyed by the coming of the Messiah has been the hope of faithful worshipers of God for generation after generation. Through his satanic instruments he has attempted to irradicate this hope from the face of the earth from the beginning of time; yet he has not been successful. Jesus has taken over the hearts of many and brought them close to the love of His Father. For this, many have been martyered over the centuries. Yet, the followers of Jesus in every generation have remained steady in their commitment to serve even at the cost of their lives. This commitment will be to the end of time and beyond.
Let us remain faithful to the end, regardless of denominational barriers or human tradition that may tend to separate us. Let us remain strong in our belief that Jesus not only came as a vulnerable baby almost two thousand years ago, but that He will return soon to fulfill the final events of His promise, joyful eternal life in the presence of God.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Victor and Pamela Reyes-Prieto
Seventh-day Adventist Church
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