Merry Christmas to all. Not to Christians only; but to all human beings here on earth or in what some call the beyond or hereafter. May the radiations of Love which flow with the festival touch all of us with blessings!
The birth of Jesus, The Christ, was a Grace for all humanity; not only for a few tribes, races, religions or selected believers. The words of the angel were plain enough: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL people.”(Luke 2: 10)
There was joy in the elements. Angels and other heavenly beings accompanied the divine Essence down and formed a Light rampart around the child. The ethereal eyes of the shepherds briefly opened and they were permitted to see the joyous upheaval in the universe; they froze with fright at the magnificence of the happening: “Fear not!” The herald rang out.
As a fulfillment of Divine prophesies and greetings from the Father, the Star of Bethlehem stood radiantly above a stable where the child was born. The whole Creation rejoiced with the earth for receiving the Love of God! It was joy to the world.
But what did mankind make of these stupendous events?
The shepherds celebrated the Holy Night; “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them” (Luke 2: 20). For others, they “…wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2: 18). Wondered, not believed! How can they believe common nomadic herdsmen with such high visions reserved for chief priests, scribes and rabbis who were the recognized ‘men of God’ and ‘custodians’ of wisdom and revelation?
With time the significance of the Holy Night was lost in the everyday hustle and bustle. Jesus was just another lad about town or, at best, the son of a carpenter. Only Mary, out of motherly love, “kept ALL these things, and pondered them in her heart.”(Luke 2: 19)
Three Kings were led to the child Jesus. They had been adequately prepared by the Light with the necessary wealth and influence which they were to use in protecting the child. But, alas! They failed to fulfill their calling; they worshiped the Holy Child, presented gifts and left the child exposed to the wrath of Herod who was an obvious tool in the hands of the darkness.
Today as we celebrate Christmas, let us give thanks to the Almighty for His immeasurable Love. Also, as we share the love of the season with gifts, praises, visits and goodwill messages, let us not stop there like the three kings. We should heed the warnings of knowing ones about the return of the Star of Bethlehem, also known as the Radiant Star or the GREAT COMET. With every passing day their admonitions are becoming more and more ominous.
May your experiences during the coming festivals be joyful and up lifting. Merry Christmas, dear friends!