The True Birthdate of Jesus – Part 2

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by C.E. McLain


The Birth (September 29, 4 B.C.)

Luke 2:1-22

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

Luke 2:39

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.


If we are to appreciate the happenings of that time, we must by the nature of things get into the spirit of that day.  The prophetic timeclock of God’s purpose was in place.  Only the rejection of God’s way could postpone the grace that was to be proferred.  Hence man’s attempt in the flesh to force the issue was, on the one hand, a hindrance; yet, on the other hand, the ambitions and personal involvement of all concerned were means whereby the true homogeny (world government) was in prospect.

At the birth of Christ the doors of the temple at Janus at Rome were closed, throughout the physical life span of Christ.  You see, the doors of that heathen temple were open in times of war so that the citizens might enter in to pray for the armies of Rome.  Outwardly the Roman army had forced a peace.  At the same time, and yet hidden from human wisdom was the real fact, namely, that the Prince of Peace was here on His own little earth.

Peace!  Yes, there was peace, but what a price had been paid by men who had lost the will to resist.  The nations, so to speak, had worked themselves into a corner, and mankind sat in the darkness of their own wisdom.  In fact, the peace was so heavy and unnatural that Caesar refused to be called dictator, saying that the thought was too temporary in nature.  Hence, the senate of Rome had bestowed upon him the title of “Augustus.”  This was the peace and the setting of that time.

Observe how Caesar used the peace and the power.  He issued a decree to enroll the whole habitable world (v.1).  There was no appeal.  The purple and the peasant, both alike, must bow the neck and return to the city of their respective lineages for the enrollment.  Homogeny, particularly concerning taxation with its control, was the goal.  Man seemed to be strutting his stuff.  Caught up in this drama were two of the royal lineage of David — Joseph and Mary, and she being heavy with child.  This was their part in the scheme of things as they traversed the long road from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Outwardly then, these are the facts, for after all, all roads led to Rome.  But wait!  Things are not always what they seem.  For the hidden hand of God’s provision through the Spirit (Luke 1:35) had been at work.  Some 600 years prior to this enrollment and the birth, God had unsheathed His plans for this hour.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Without belaboring the point, little Augustus was only the messenger boy, though it is obvious his thinking would be otherwise.  There is no question about it that Caesar’s decree was used of God to move Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem right on schedule (Luke 2:6).  Truly, God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.

Obviously, the great fact was the birth of the Savior, Lord, and Messiah (v.11).  This Savior was to be a King (John 18:37), a Priest (Heb. 6:20), and a Prophet (compare Heb. 1:2 with Acts 7:37).  Thus, the little Babe in the manger was all this, plus the fact that in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col.2:9).  On the one hand, it seemed as though Caesar were making quite a splash for himself; while on the other hand, the miracle of God’s grace so embodied in His only begotten Son, hardly make a ripple.  As you can see, things are not always what they seem.

In passing it should be noted that the King of kings passed by the palace; that the High Priest and the Prophet of God passed by the temple.  Thus, the Most High chose the lowest of places in which to be born, an outhouse.  When I was a boy, the wagon yard was still in existence.  It was such a place which provided hay, straw, feed, and water for the stock — just an enclosure.  The kataluma, translated “inn” was just such a place.

If you read between the lines of verses 6 and 7, you will see that Joseph was probably out trying to find better accommodations, for verse 7 says that she (alone) wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.  She (alone) laid Him in a manger.  Without controversy, no child was ever born in a more ominous place, nor so alone, and yet . . .

He was not alone, for it is written,

Psalm 91:11

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Not only so, but the heavenly Father had dispatched Michael, the archangel, and prince of Israel, to announce to certain shepherds the glad tidings concerning the birth (Luke 2:10-12).

The shepherds’ fear is understandable, for the awesome glory of this creature would put the fear of God into any man.  Hence the quiet assurance of Michael, “Fear not.”  The good tidings:  A Savior, Messiah, Lord is born.  A sign is given, because God has always dealt with signs where Israel was concerned.  The sign: The Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.

All of a sudden, right out of the blue, a whole host of angels join Michael and begin singing praises to God in the highest and offering “Peace” to all men of good will.  It is unfortunate that most translators have been slack with the translation concerning God’s offer of peace, for there is never peace with men of ill will;  it must be on God’s terms, for He never compromises.  You see, men of good will are those who rejoice in God’s gift — the Prince of Peace —

Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The majestic spectacle has passed.  If you read between the line, the shepherds were simply mesmerized.  The shock is over and they make their way with haste to the Babe in the manger.  How long they remained, we are not told.  In any case, their testimony is clear, for they went abroad declaring the birth of God’s only begotten Son, the Savior.  That their testimony fell on deaf ears is without doubt, for when the wise men came to Jerusalem, inquiring concerning the birth, the lack of knowledge apart from Scripture, demonstrates this tragic fact (Matt.2:2-6).

Eight days have gone by.  The name of Jesus is now a matter of legal record (Luke 2:21).  The Babe is circumcised, identifying Him with the people of covenant and their God.

Thirty-three days later, the waiting time of Mary’s purification according to the law of Moses (compare Lev. 12:2-4 with Luke 2:22), and Jesus is brought to the temple at Jerusalem and there presented to Jehovah, the God of covenant.  While they were there, Simeon, a devout man in Jerusalem, and Anna, a prophetess in the temple, enlightened by the Holy Spirit bring further testimony about the Christ child (Luke 2:25-38).  Since the Holy Spirit never works apart from the Word of God, it follows that these two must have had some knowledge of Daniel 9:24-27.  In any case, verse 39 goes on to say that when all these things were performed, the (the Royal Family) returned to Nazareth, their own city.

We want to conclude this part by quoting from Dr. Joseph Parker, an English clergyman of a past generation:

“The world did not want an advisor.  The world had advised itself almost into hell.  The world did not ask for a speculator.  Everything that man could do had been done, and men sat in the darkness of their own wisdom.  The world did not want a reformer,  a man who could change the outward and transient relations, an engineer (for appropriate remuneration) to the readjustment of the wheels and pulleys and the various mechanical forces of society.  The world wanted a Saviour.  ‘Saviour’ is a word, a pathetic name.  It is not an official title;  it is not an image you could robe in scarlet, and bow down before on account of its majesty and haughtiness; ‘Saviour’ is an Angel with tears in his eyes, arms as mighty as the lightnings of God, but a heart all tenderness.  ‘Saviour’ is a complex word.  It is all human nature, all divine nature, all the past of history, all  the possibility of prophecy, all the mystery of apocalypse; the tenderness outvying the love of women, the majesty humbling the haughtiness of kings!”

That is a Savior!


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The True Birthdate of Jesus- Part 1

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by C.E. McLain


Time of Conception

The year of the tax enrollment, decreed by Caesar Augustus, can now be fixed with reasonable certainty, since this enrollment “was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria” (Luke 2:2).  Likewise this same year (4 B.C.), the year of our Lord’s birth is no less in doubt, for at that time, Joseph and Mary, and she being heavy with child, went up from Nazareth unto Bethlehem to be enrolled (Luke 2:4-7).  Thus, the effort at this point is to clear the air as to the pros and cons whether true or false which have to do with the actual day, as well as the year.

Luke 1:5-19

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Luke 1:23-42

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Luke 1:44-47

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Luke 1:56-57

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

Someone has said that the Word of God is its own best commentary.  Thus the expression, “the course of Abia,” a comment from Luke’s gospel, sets the tone for further inquiry into the internal evidence of the Divine library.  Abia is just one of the 24 courses in the priestly ministry (1 Chron. 24:7-19).  Each course occurred twice per year.  Each course changed weekly, beginning with each Sabbath.  The first course fell by lot to Jehoiarib, and the eighth course to Abia.  The reckoning commenced on the 22nd of Tisri (October 6).  This was the eighth and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and was a Sabbath (Lev. 23:39).  The first administration of the eighth course would therefore fall upon the 12-18 of Chisleu (December 6-12).  Whereas the second administration of the eighth course would fall upon the 12-18 of Sivan (June 13-19).

The announcement therefore to Zachariah in the temple as to the conception of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-13) must have taken place between the 12-18 of Sivan (June 13-19), in the year 5 B.C., since the further activities of Zachariah demonstrate by tabulation this conclusion.  Observe carefully the record:  After finishing his priestly service, he departed to his own house (v. 23), which was in a city of the hill country of Juda (v.39).

Since the day following his course was a Sabbath (Sivan 19), he would naturally not be able to leave Jerusalem until the following day (Sivan 20).  Please bear in mind that he was an old man (v. 7) traveling on foot, so that the 30 or so miles would probably take at least two days.  He would therefore arrive at home on the night of the 21st.  If we allow him one day of rest, the conception of John would occur on the 23rd of Sivan (June 24).

Luke records the begetting of our Lord to be six months after the conception of John the Baptist (vv. 26, 36).  It is therefore only a matter of simple calculation to arrive at the 1st of Tebeth (December 25th) concerning the date of Christ’s conception.  Note also that John was born just exactly three months later (vv. 56-57).  Hence, the conception of John was on the 23rd of Sivan (June 24), 5B.C., whereas the begetting of our Lord was on the 1st of Tisri (December 25), 5B.C.  Just so, the birth of John was the 7th of Nisan (March 28), 4B.C., and the nativity, the birth of our Lord, was on the 15th of Tisri (September 29), 4B.C.

By now it should be crystal clear that the day assigned to be the birth of our Lord (December 25) was actually the day of His begetting.

Matthew 1:18

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:20

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Obviously, His birth nine months later took place the following year on September 29th, the 15th of Tisri.  It was the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Leviticus 23:39

39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Just so, the circumcision was on the eighth day, the last day of the great feast,

Luke 2:21

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Please observe how His conception and birth are both identified in John’s gospel,

John 1:14

14 And the Word was made flesh, on the 25th of December, 5B.C.

 

and dwelt among us, on the 29th of September, 4B.C. 

 

Some very important scriptures which substantiate the fundamentals of the faith and contradict certain liberal and other traditional teachings are:

  1. That Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).
  2. That the Greek word parthenos translated “virgin” (Luke 1:27; Matt.1:23) cannot be translated otherwise.
  3. That Mary’s virginity was not perpetual (Luke 2:7; Matt.1:24).
  4. That Mary, by her own testimony, worshipped and acknowledged Jesus Christ to be her God and Savior (Luke 1:46-47).
  5. That the baby John was but six months old in his mother’s womb, leaped for joy (Luke 1:41,44).  Hence, the crazy drive of present-day abortionism is exposed for just what it is —the Lie!

That December 25th was a pagan festival long before the time of Nativity is not in doubt.  Not only so, but when Constantine by his edict of Milan made it fashionable to be a s0-called Christian, the pagans responded.  Gradually the true meaning of December 25th was subverted and replaced by the birthday of a false god — Horus (Osiris) of Egypt.

In the light of surface reason (not revelation) it is small wonder then that more Christians are not “put out” with such subversion.  If, however, we stop to realize that the begetting of our Lord, lost in the maze of history, is the real wonder of the matter (for, after all, without this miracle there could be no birth in the first place), then Christmas may be seen in quite another light.  Many therefore who before were troubled about the pagan counterfeit, will now be able to worship on that day in spirit and in truth.

Thus, with these nuggets in hand, we are now in a position to consider the birth itself.


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Eating My Words

Not the first time and if I live much longer I’m sure it won’t be the last that I had to eat my words and do the opposite of what I had previously said. Unless something changes I am voting for Donald Trump. Does not make me feel comfortable and when I walk out of the voting booth I will not feel good about myself.

My mind began to shift when my friend Sage informed me that in the State of Michigan write ins are not allowed. Voting for Hillary Clinton is the same as voting for one of Satan’s best friends.

On the other hand Trump is the only one who could possibly beat Clinton. I hope Trump does well in the debates.

I don’t respect Trump and honestly would not shake his hand. Trumps character is so low a snake could not crawl under.

Don’t ask me to cheer Trump on and promote him. My only hope is that Trump will make some good decisions and give our country a little longer to survive.

Sage is right, I was wrong. More later as I recall…….

 

Hillary Wins Debates Before They Begin

A no brainer for sure, Hillary wins the debates before they take place. Trump lately leans toward conservatism in comparison to Hillary Clinton. I say lately because most of Trumps life was as a flaming liberal. Yes, Trump says he is still for national health care, banning certain assault weapons, exceptions for abortion, still supports planned parenthood saying they do good work etc. Even with all this, Trump leans away from at least many of the bizarre leftist liberal policies of Hillary at least from what he is saying as of late.

Why do I say Hillary wins the debates before they take place? Real simple, the media will declare it to be so no matter what happens. Trump has simply not the concentration with the issues to nail Clinton to the wall. Shooting from the hip is Trumps practice and the media will blow up most everything Trump says to be crazy statements.

I agree with my friend Sage that, as a country, we have had it, not because of our leaders but because the church overall has caved into the world.

Each day as I awake there is more turbulence being announced in the news. This morning it is being reported that a lone gunman killed 5 at a random shooting just North of Seattle. Still on the lose I need not wonder what religion this maniac is akin to. I need not wonder if he is a Muslim. If not, it is then not the norm as of late.

Out of 330 million people we have come down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to lead our country. I sit here in awe as God prepares for final judgment against the land I so dearly love. It is not a question as to where we have gone wrong as a nation but Why? Why have the churches abandoned God and gone against the major precepts in His book? For me I don’t have simple answers. I guess I could list many things such as kicking God out of our schools, turning ALL the major universities into bastions of leftist liberal nonsense. But as to the why, I shudder to write.

Mourning does not solve the problem, yet I mourn. God has not left us, we as a nation have left the Almighty who created us. God desperately wants to bless our nation, yet we have tied the Almighties hand.

God can not, will not, bless a rebellious people that have made mockery of His book. More later as I recall…….

 

Thought for the Day

Haggai 1:6

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

 

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The state of this country is not the fault of the politicians.  The responsibility lies squarely at the door of the pulpits headed by greedy, egocentric, and weak preachers; and their congregants – who only want to hear “smooth things.”

 

Isaiah 30:9-11

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

 

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Cartoon About Judging LGBTQ. . .

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http://americansfortruth.com/2016/09/21/a-cartoon-about-judging-and-transgenderism-was-creator-heteros-inspiring-pride-censored-by-facebook/

Leviticus 19:15

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

 

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I Never Told Him…………….One Huge Failure

In helping to make ends meet I rent out a room. The best renter I ever had by the name of Trevor and in his early forties. Never late with his rent and kept a clean room. Worked  as a pipe fitter in Grand Rapids for a large company. Had never been married. Quiet and I seldom saw him. Had a large leak underneath my house and Trevor climbed underneath for the repair.

Last November he came to me and said it was about time he settled down and got married. After he moved out he knew he could come in my house even if I was not their. Just before Christmas after just coming home I found a Christmas card with a nice note and a fruit cake from Trevor.

I have an electric hot water heater. In wanting to change it over to gas I drove the few blocks to see if he wanted a side job to install the new water heater. His wife was not home but his wife has a daughter 13 years of age.  She came to the door. Is Trevor home I asked. Slowly she said, no, Trevor passed away the day after Fathers day. Had a heart attack and died in the ambulance. I was and am devastated. Way too young to die. Just getting his life straightened out.

Here is the problem. I never witnessed to him. He lived in my house and though I had invited both him and at that time is girl friend to church, I never told either of them about Jesus. They attended a liberal church that does not preach the Gospel.

Inviting someone to church is good but it is NOT witnessing. It is not spreading the Gospel as Jesus told us to do. I could not be more ashamed. I have won dozens of people to the Lord so I have no excuse. None, zip, nada.

In the story of the rich man and beggar the rich man ended up in Hell yet he could see those in Heaven. Will Trevor someday point his finger at me and say, you never told me? I have no idea if Trevor was Saved. Obviously I did not care enough to find out. Blood on my hands for sure. How many people will point to me and say, you never told me?

Say anything you want but the job of every Christian is to tell people about Jesus and spread the Gospel. I failed. Tomorrow morning, since Trevor’s wife works evenings I am going to Visit her. Please pray that I will not fail to tell her about Jesus and that she will be receptive. More later as I recall…….