Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6 “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.”

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

No, you were not directed to the wrong link, nor were you sent the wrong message. No, I haven’t lost track of time and forgotten that we have just started summertime and are far from the winter season. No, I have not lost my mind and mixed up holidays. And yes, I am intentionally publishing a Christmas message in early July during the Independence Day weekend. I do so on good authority.

President John Quincy Adams said the following in 1837:

“Is it not that, in the chain of events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”

Our nation is fundamentally tied to Christianity, and our nation’s birth is indissolubly linked to the birthday of our Saviour. Our cornerstone of human government, the Declaration of Independence, is laid upon the first precepts of Christianity. Our founding document is a social compact that is an intentional extension of the Redeemer’s mission. Thus, Independence Day is a time to rightfully celebrate Christmas Day. The fireworks of the 4th of the July illuminate the powerful truth that Christ’s birth is inscribed on our national character.

DURING THIS WEEKEND THAT CELEBRATES OUR NATION’S BIRTH, PLEASE REFLECT ON ITS LINK TO OUR SAVIOUR’S BIRTH, AND PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND OUR LEADERS. We must always remember that the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior, and use this truth to motivate us to individually and collectively pursue the Redeemer’s mission.

From Wellman, Iowa