5777 Or 2017

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“Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘Stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

5777 Or 2017

For most people, the year 5777 has no significance. Man is always trying to come up with another way to define history and this will be determined by the counsel of faith they adhere or believe in. The year 5777 is a real year determined from the beginning of the world as God created all things according to Genesis. It is suggested the Maimonides explained this dating in his book, ‘Mishneh Torah: Sanctification of the Moon’ written about 1178. Those who follow the dating of 5777 continue to hold to the traditions of Judaism or the Hebrew faith. The Bible is silent on the matter.

Moses writes in the book of Exodus the formation of the nation of Israel when the Lord God gave the escaped Egyptian Hebrews the Law. This law would form the constitution and daily commandments of the people that would become known as the people of promise. Abram had been promised a seed, the land of Canaan and a nation. The first promise fulfilled was the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai. When the people conquered the land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, the second promise was kept. Finally, Jesus Christ became the last promise fulfilled through the seed of Isaac, son of Abraham. God kept all of His promises but Israel did not. When the people received the Law of Moses, it was a conditional law. Their obedience would be paramount to the continued blessings of God upon the nation. The Old Testament is the tragic story of Israel’s fall into idolatry and rebellion against the Lord. A new covenant was promised and found its fulfillment in Christ and the church. The book of Hebrews is the new covenant law on the better promises made through Jesus Christ.

It may seem insignificant but the dating of our modern calendar testifies to the working of God in the history of man. The year 2017 is not a random number but closely tied to the life of Jesus Christ. Making calendars has not been an exact science and have been fraught with problems over the years. Jesus was not born in the year ‘0’ and was probably born around 4 B.C. (according to the historical reckoning of calendars). Regardless, the uniform use of 2017 is based upon one man and one man alone: the man from Nazareth, supposed son of a carpenter, son of Mary: Jesus Christ. Every time the date is written is testifies to the powerful influence Jesus had upon history.

Writing the year 5777 is of little consequence because it is based upon a doctrine that denies Jesus as the Messiah, chosen One of God. The Muslim calendar shows 2017 as the year 1438 AH (in the year of the Hijra). Other religions regulate their calendars according to their systems of faith. Overall, the world accepts the year 2017. It would seem clear the thumbprint of God is working in the affairs of men to declare His Son to all men. Simple things like the dating of the year testify to the powerful influence Jesus has had upon the affairs of men. When an atheist writes the date, he conflicts himself. The Lord God has His will among men testifying to His great power and majesty over the centuries. Praise God for His wonderful image expressed through the years.

There is only one name that men will find salvation. Jesus is the Son of God and He gave His life so that all men could come to Him for redemption. The Jews are no longer the people of God and the Gentiles cannot find salvation apart from Jesus Christ. Jew and Gentile alike must come to the cross of Jesus to be saved. The dating of a year is not significant to salvation but it does show the wisdom of God in contrast to the wisdom of man. Saved men base their life upon the man from Nazareth. His name is the only name that man can find the hope of eternal life. 5777 denies Christ. 2017 affirms there really was a man called Jesus. The Bible confirms salvation is only in Jesus Christ.

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