Christmas—A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do

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Our Christmas programs at the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum (ChristmasTime and ChristmasTown, respectively) are almost over for 2019 (ending December 30; closed today). But the message we’ve been proclaiming throughout the Christmas season to tens of thousands of visitors is the same message we will continue proclaiming for all of 2020 and beyond: Christ stepped into history to pay the penalty for our sin.

Christ stepped into history to pay the penalty for our sin.

When many people think of Answers in Genesis, they think of anti-evolution, creation, or a young earth. And, that makes sense. Genesis is in our name! We spend a lot of time talking about origins and the age of the earth. But why? Well, because of the message I mentioned above—Christ stepped into history to pay the penalty for our sin. Our primary message is really biblical authority and the gospel message. It always has been and always will be.

Creation and a young earth are important. All our major Christian doctrines are either directly or indirectly founded in Genesis. A historical Adam is necessary for the gospel. When you use man’s words to reinterpret God’s clear Words, you make man—not God—the ultimate authority, so this is ultimately a biblical authority issue. There’s a reason I’ve dedicated my life to proclaiming the truth and authority of God’s Word—it matters profoundly. Evolution and millions of years are an attack on the authority of God’s Word. But, of course, it’s the gospel that saves. That’s why we never lose focus of the gospel in all that we do.

If you’ve visited the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, you noticed how much we emphasize the gospel at both attractions. We share the gospel in signage, in artwork, in video programs—the gospel is presented multiple times and in numerous ways at both attractions.

You’ve likely heard that message many times, but don’t let the wonder of the gospel escape you.

Today, Christmas Day, we celebrate the Incarnation—remembering when God first became man, as the babe in the manger. Just over three decades later, that babe, now a man, would be nailed to the cross, taking our sins upon himself. Through his death, Christ paid our penalty—dying a death he didn’t deserve, so we might have eternal life by repenting and believing in him. You’ve likely heard that message many times, but don’t let the wonder of the gospel escape you. It’s a tremendous message that we can never hear often enough!

God became man, the Last Adam, to do what the first Adam did not do: obey God. And we receive his righteousness simply by repenting and believing in him. No wonder the angel told the shepherds:

Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10)

Truly the gospel is the good news of great joy—let’s rejoice in that truth today, as we should every day.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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