Sewyewnchew

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“There is sewyewnchew in the city of Bethlehem!
Rejoice, my people, Jesus the Savior was born!
God, who is with us, may you be with us forever, Emmanuel.
Receive your Creator, who came to abide with you.”
-Baysal (A Christian Kyrgyz folk music group)

God created everything from nothing, by simply speaking. After he created everything else, He created mankind, male and female. And everything that He had created was good. Mankind had been created to bring honor and fame to God and to enjoy Him forever. And they did–at first. God did not create mankind as robots, but gave them the freedom to choose whether they would obey Him. They were tempted in their own home (the home that God had given them) and they chose to disobey God; they sinned. Because God is perfect and holy (set apart from all else), He would not allow mankind to stay in perfect relationship with him any longer. He evicted the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, from the home that He had given them, a garden, and sent them to live in the wilderness. They could no longer enjoy a perfect relationship with God; they were separated from Him. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Although he wasn’t perfect (he had inherited his parents’ disobedience), Abel sought God and His pleasure. Cain, however, killed Abel when God was more pleased with Abel than with Cain. Adam and Eve continued to have children, including daughters for their sons to marry. Their next son was Seth.

Mankind continued down their chosen path of disobedience and greatly angered God, but He was patient with them. Eventually, he became so angry that He sent a flood to destroy mankind. However, there was one man who, although he wasn’t perfect, still sought to obey God. This man was Noah, a descendant of Seth. God saved Noah and his family and he made them a promise that He would never destroy the earth with a flood again.

It didn’t take long though, and mankind was disobeying and rebelling against God again. From sinful mankind, God chose a man, Abraham, and asked him to go to a land to which he had never been. God promised him that his descendants would be greater than the number of grains of sand or the stars in the sky; these descendants were to worship God. (In this way, God was spreading his fame to new lands, and would continue to spread his fame through the generations.) Abraham had no children at the time, but he trusted God and went where God told him. Eventually, Abraham had children–two sons. God asked Abraham to sacrifice one of his sons, Isaac, but at the last minute, God stopped Abraham and provided a ram to sacrifice instead. God’s people sacrificed animals to let their blood cover up their disobedience.

Isaac married a woman and had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Jacob, the younger twin, eventually had 12 sons. These sons became God’s special chosen people and God gave Jacob a new name, Israel. His sons and descendants are known as the Israelites. Jacob’s favorite son was Joseph, but Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. Although Joseph served faithfully in Egypt, false accusations landed him in prison. He served even there by interpreting dreams. One day, Pharaoh asked Joseph to interpret one of his dreams. Joseph correctly interpreted the dream and advised Pharaoh how to protect his people from a coming famine. During the famine, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt and he was able to rescue them from the famine because of his favor with Pharaoh and with God. (In this way, God’s fame spread to Egypt.)

While Joseph’s brothers and family and all their descendants (the Israelites) were in Egypt, they became slaves to the Egyptians. An Israelite woman gave birth to a boy, but put him in a basket in the river to save him from the infanticide that the Pharaoh was conducting against the Israelites. A woman from the palace found him and he was named Moses and raised as a son of Pharaoh. Moses tried to protect the Israelites and one day killed a man in the process, so he fled Egypt. Many years later, God spoke to Moses and told him to go back to get the Israelites. God spoke to Pharaoh through Moses, but he wouldn’t listen because God had hardened his heart. God sent many plagues to Egypt. The final plague was a plague that would kill all the first-born sons. God instructed the Israelites to paint blood on the doorposts of their homes as a sign for God to pass over their homes and spare their sons.

Even Pharaoh’s son was killed, and God finally softened Pharaoh’s heart. Pharaoh released the Israelites and they fled through the desert. Pharaoh quickly changed his mind, though, and sent his armies after them, but God made the sea open up to allow the Israelites to pass on dry ground. When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow, the sea crashed in upon them and they drowned.

God spoke again to Moses and gave him laws for the people.  He provided food and water for them and instructed them to build a tabernacle to worship Him. The tribe of Levi were responsible for leading the worship. The people did not obey His laws though, and He made them wander in the desert for 40 years. Even Moses had been rebellious against God, and was not allowed to enter the land that God had promised to them. A new man, Joshua, would lead them into the Promised Land.

With Joshua leading the Israelites, God allowed them to conquer the peoples of the Promised Land. The Canaanites, who lived in the Promised Land, worshipped idols and some of the Israelites began to do so as well, even though God had told them not to. The Israelites were led by a series of Judges who helped them defeat their enemies. They would follow God for a while, but then eventually fell back into idolatry, so God would send another nation to attack them. When they cried out to God, he would send a new judge to lead them against their enemies. After a while, they would fall back into idolatry, so the cycle repeated several times.

Eventually, the Israelites noticed that all these nations that attacked them had kings, but they didn’t have a king, so they asked the judge to let them have a king. The first king that God gave them was Saul, but he didn’t obey God, so He gave the Israelites David instead. David was called a man after God’s own heart, but even he wasn’t perfect. He had an affair with a married woman, and he killed her husband in order to do it. David apologized to God, and turned away from his disobedience. He wrote many songs and poems to God and God promised that his family would always be kings.

So David’s son, Solomon, became king and he is said to have been the wisest man on earth, but even he disobeyed God. He made a temple to God, but he also made temples for his wives’ foreign gods, so God split the Israelite kingdom into two. The northern kingdom had a bunch of bad kings and God sent special messengers, prophets, to warn the people to turn away from their disobedience and follow God again, but they mostly didn’t listen. Eventually, the Assyrians captured the northern kingdom (still called Israel) and carried them away to foreign lands (God’s fame is spreading again).

The southern kingdom, Judah, had some good kings, but they had plenty of bad kings too, so God sent prophets to warn them as well. Same story for the kingdom of Judah, they didn’t listen, so the Babylonians conquered them and took them away. There were some people obedient to God among the kingdom of Judah. Daniel and his friends were obedient to God even to the point of death, and God’s fame spread to Babylon through them. In Babylon, one of the king’s men wanted to kill all the Israelites (also called Jews), but God sent a Jewish girl, Esther, to be the king’s new wife after his old one angered him. God used her to influence her husband to spare her people.

After a period of time, God allowed the Israelites to return home and they were able to rebuild their holy city and temple. God sent more prophets to encourage them.

And then, God was silent. For 400 years. The Israelites were conquered again and ruled again by foreign kings, but they received no word from God.

Until…one day, there was Sewyewnchew in Bethlehem. Good news for all the world was announced to humble shepherds in the middle of the night. God had come to earth as a human baby. The baby was 100% God and 100% human. Never before had God become one of us. God came to earth as a Hebrew baby born into a humble family in the midst of scandal. The woman who birthed the baby was not married when God’s Spirit came upon her and miraculously caused her to be pregnant while still a virgin. The woman and her husband, who were both descendants of David, named the baby-that-was-God Jesus.

Jesus grew like any other baby and he soon amazed the religious leaders with his wisdom when he was still a boy. We don’t know what he did from the time he was 12 until the time he was about 30. At that time, his cousin, John, started to say shocking things about Jesus–he called Him the Lamb of God and God’s Chosen One. John baptized his cousin and Jesus began to minister among the people.

He miraculously healed sick people, blind people, and mute people; he raised the dead to life and he associated with and even served the people that society looked down upon. He taught the people how to follow God’s will and eventually, He said that He was the only way to get to God. Many people believed the teaching of Jesus and they started to follow Him around. He chose 12 men to be His special students, disciples. He became more and more popular among the people, even as He criticized the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of the day. Jesus was called Jesus Christ during His ministry. It means “Jesus the Messiah” or “Jesus the Savior”–some of the Jews started to believe that Jesus was the One that God had promised who would save them.

The religious leaders did not like this and the political leaders didn’t like the commotion that Jesus was causing, so they plotted to kill him. They turned the people against Him and they killed Him by nailing Him to a cross. His only crime? Claiming to be the Son of God. In fact, His conviction notice on His cross didn’t even say that He “claimed” to be such, it merely said that He was “King of the Jews”.

And so, Jesus truly died. The Lamb of God, however, did not stay dead. On the third day, just as the prophets had foretold, He rose from the dead. As the Lamb (or perfect sacrifice) of God, He conquered mankind’s sin. With his resurrection, He conquered even death. Jesus appeared to many of His followers after He resurrected (became alive again) and He told His followers to go into all the earth and teach them to turn away from their disobedience and to believe in Him. He told His followers to teach the people to obey all the things that He had taught them. After this, He went up into heaven, still alive, and sits there still today, at the right hand of God.

Jesus’ followers listened to Him and began to spread God’s fame throughout the earth by telling the people what Jesus had told them. Jesus sent God’s Holy Spirit to help and comfort His followers in His earthly absence. When the Holy Spirit first arrived, there were Romans, Greeks, Jews, and even Turkic and Persian peoples there.

God’s Holy Spirit is still at work in the world today, showing people their disobedience and softening their hearts so that they can understand the message of Jesus and abandon their disobedience against God in order to believe and follow Him. Someday, Jesus will come back to judge the entire world: those who follow Jesus will live forever in the presence of God and those who do not will live forever in the absence of God (which is a fate worse than death).

The Sewyewnchew is This

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17, NASB)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NASB)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB)

This entire story is true. You can read it for yourself (in a lot more detail) in the Bible, which is God’s Word to mankind. God gave Moses, David, Solomon, the prophets, Jesus and His first followers the words to write in the Bible. Everything before God was silent is found in what is called the Old Testament (the Torah and the Zaboor). Everything that God said after he was silent for 400 years is found in what is called the New Testament (the Injeel).


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