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VOLUME TWENTY-FOUR, NUMBER THREE - PUBLISHED QUARTERLY
by Ibrahim Seliman (Arabic Program Host) How I look forward to Christmas everywhere! Joy to the world! Jesus, the living Gospel, has come to the world! It is joy that people in the Muslim world are starved for. The Evil One has taken hold there and they hear about some words like joy, peace, mercy, etc. but what do they really mean there? Words they loosely use and greet one another with but they are no more than just abstract concepts. For me as a Muslim, I looked up the word mercy and it had a negative connotation as I confused it with having pity. Allah is both merciful and hateful of sinners and infidels. God is love? And because He loves me so much He would come in a time like that 2000 years ago and be revealed in a manger in order to save me from myself? That was so hard for my brain to grasp. I needed to be born again before I could ever fathom such spiritual truths.
As we see pain in the Muslim world this Christmas, this should stir feelings of deep compassion in our hearts for them. They are hurting from pain. Muslims can’t have outer peace in the Middle East until they have inner peace first. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, has to reign and transform them into His image, making them into a new creation. But superimposing peace from the outside and through political treaties won’t change a thing! They need the cleansing blood of Christ to wash their sins away and touch their wounds so festering bitterness and unforgivness can go away. “Salaam”, a casual word they use in greeting, will be Adonai Shalom, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself will be their actual peace and, as the Hebrew word indicates, He will bring wholeness to their wounded hearts. It is for this reason that we in love joyfully labor in the Gospel, evangelizing Muslims. We are infinitely grateful for you for standing with us in unity regarding this cause, the cause of the cross in Muslim lands.
We would like to say a big thank you to each one of you for prayerfully seeking to bring Christmas joy to Muslims’ hearts. A very merry, blessed Christmas to you all. May He prosper you all in the unfathomable treasure of Christ! (Eph. 3: 8).
Because Christ is my Victor, Ibrahim