There were a lot of significant things that occurred in history during the month of December. Here are a few of them.
Trailblazer, Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks is called “the first lady of civil rights” because of her peaceful resistance to giving up her seat to a white passenger, which became an important symbol of the civil rights movement, and her actions created a wave of peaceful resistance across the nation. It was time for African-Americans to have the same rights as white American had. This heroic woman risked a lot by doing this, and I think she knew it, but she did it anyway, and that makes her a great woman of history and a woman who influenced her culture, and eventually, the nation. Some even say she became an international icon of resistance to racial prejudice, and I believe she did! What a courageous woman she was, and by her courage, nothing would ever be the same. So, on December the 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus to give up her seat for a white man. This incident created the historic bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama; all began by Rosa Parks, a woman of faith who changed the world with her courage.
This is one of the saddest tails in history. On December 5th, 1349, over 500 Jews were massacred because the local Christians in Nuremberg believed the Jews had brought on the Black Death (the plague), but this heinous persecution and murder of Jews was just beginning. During the course of the following year, Germany created dozens of programs designed to wipe out the Jews entirely, and many of them were burned or murdered in cold blood, and in fact, whole Jewish communities were leveled and multiple thousands of innocent Jews died. In the history of the world, no one single group of people has faced more persecution than have the Jews have, and if you look at the Middle East, today, the Jews are still despised by most of the world and are surrounded by hostile nations, most of whom, seek to destroy her.
Even though they say that human trafficking is at an all-time high today, slavery was nearly worldwide in the 1700 and 1800’s, so finally, on December 6th, 1865, shortly after the Civil War ended, the 13th Amendment was ratified by the U.S. Constitution to abolish slavery, thanks in large part to Abraham Lincoln. And even though it would take years thereafter for slavery to end, it was a huge step in the nation’s desire to end slavery once and for all.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, he kept warning the nation and congress that the U.S. was headed for war, and even though most of the country and congress called it “Roosevelt’s War,” war was coming to the U.S., whether they wanted it or not. Japan made the decision for congress when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. That day still lives in infamy, but it propelled America into a war that she was hesitant to get involved in, but now America was involved, whether she wanted to or not, but the vast majority of the nation now supported President Roosevelt, and war was declared on the Japanese Empire, and with a declaration of war with Germany to follow. Sometimes we are compelled to take action when we’re hesitant, but Japan made it an easy decision to fight fascism because they made the first move. It would be the beginning of the end when the Japanese emperor saw that Japan had awoken a sleeping giant; the U.S., but she would not sleep again until the evil axis powers were destroyed, and in time, they were.
Future Historical Events
We’ve already looked at some of the past historical events that took place that were of major, worldwide significance, but there is coming a time when future history will be changed, and history will become “His-story,” or the story of the reign of Jesus Christ forever and ever, but He also wants us to recognize that we who have trusted in Him will also be part of the future history of the kingdom of God. The Bible declares we will rule with Christ, although under Christ, but the Bible teaches that “if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Tim 2:12), and at that time, it will be said, “you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Rev 5:10), so “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev 3:21). Imagine being a part of the eternal kingdom which shall never end. We will reign with Christ forever and ever, and some will be given more responsibility than others, depending on what they did for Christ here on earth, so the future history that has not yet been written will so overshadow human history as to make it insignificant.
If you have not yet trusted in Christ, you will be history too…history as far as being in this world and in the future kingdom, so you must repent and believe today or perish in your sins. One is hopeless while one is as full of hope as to be indescribable. That’s possibly what the Apostle Paul was thinking about when he wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom 8:18). If Paul couldn’t describe the glory that we shall see, how can I? I only know that “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9). All we can do is imagine, but the day is coming when we shall fall down before Him and rejoice in the eternal kingdom, and history will be viewed as “His-story,” or Jesus Christ’s story as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
May God richly bless you
Pastor Jack Wellman
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