“Do you know, Mary, that the Star is standing above our roof?”
“I know, Joseph.”
“And do you also know Whom this Star proclaims?”
Joseph swallowed hard – but he said no more. He only bowed his head over Mary’s hand, which was lying on the blanket.
Mary felt the back of her hand grow moist with Joseph’s tears; she did not stir.
Soon the deep silence was disturbed by a timid knock. Joseph rose and opened the door.”
– Joshua Ben Yahweh. –
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Merry Christmas to all; to all human beings here on earth and in what some call the beyond or, hereafter. May the radiations of Love flowing with the Festival, touch all of us with blessings!
The birth of Jesus Christ was a Grace for all humanity and not only for a tribe, race, religion 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 reassuringly!
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 could they believe common nomadic herdsmen with such high visions! 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. 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 about the return of the Star of Bethlehem, also known as the Radiant Star or, the GREAT COMET. The ominous signs of the approaching Star are here with us!
May your experiences during Christmas and other Festivals in the season be joyful and up lifting.
Merry Christmas, dear friends!
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Text Source: an edited re-post.
There is this joke that if you were to put Jesus Christ, Prophet Muhammad and The Buddha in one room, after a while, they are likely to come out smiling but, if you tried same with a Jehovah’s Witness’ overseer, a Pentecostal pastor and a Catholic priest, you better have the emergency services on hand!
This may be a mere light-hearted imagery but, sadly it contains some truth!
If the first meeting were to take place, tranquil calm is likely to prevail and in the quietude the deep will recognize the deep! The past, present and future would coalesce in a transcendental living experiencing of how their lives have converged and diverged in bygone times and how, if permitted by the Almighty, this could be repeated, more or less, in the radiations in future! Such a meeting would turn out to be a solemn Hour of Worship! Worship without words!
The second meeting would be the perfect setting for a feisty religious argument! With three different versions of the Bible, each Christian leader is likely to condemn and declare as ungodly any opinion, doctrine or practice outside those of his/her organization! Recriminations upon recriminations will fly here and there while invoking the name of God; everyone claiming to belong to the chosen people, Abraham’s Seed, true custodians of the original Christian apostolic faith, etc.
When religion bites, it bites with venom!
And if the subject of Christmas crops up, things are likely to get quite heated! The anti-Christmas mantra is most certainly likely to ring out again and again…”Christmas is not approved by God because it is rooted in pagan customs and rites.”
There is no need to join issues with those who hold such beliefs! Nor should those who celebrate Christmas give themselves airs as “the true believers”! No, that would be wrong! Let those who shun Christmas be! You do not need anybody’s approval to commemorate the birth/earthly anchorage of the Son of God; nor, do you need to condemn anybody for not joining you in commemoration!
You have recognized Christmas as a sacred Festival and opportunity to express your true gratitude for the Almighty’s incomprehensible Grace, which He gives ever again to the earth with the Holy Night! That is enough reason to adorn yourself, your surroundings and your halls of worship! That is enough reason for the season!
This recognition can only spur you to rid your mind of envy, hate and other negative propensities; to free your souls from indolence and all forms of darkness and reflect your inner efforts in the resplendence of your festive attire! Nobody goes into a Light-inspired Festival hall in rags and tatters! No heart is filled with pure joy and keeps it to itself! Share your joy with praises, thanksgiving and gifts(not necessarily material things)! Let the tones of Christmas bells resonate from your heart as a beacon of light, joy and comfort!
This is not a time for disputes but, a time to heal and be healed! A time to remind ourselves of our common origin irrespective of the religion, sect and creed we may profess on earth!
May your Christmas be joyful!
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“If Jesus did not say or do it and, it is not mentioned in the Bible, it is wrong, unscriptural and should be avoided!”
This is the iron curtain behind which many Christian believers hide to reject any spiritual knowledge they cannot fit into their established doctrines and creeds! It is also one of the main arguments against Christmas!
Similar sentiments abound in each and every religion! In every instance where spiritual teachings are transformed into a religion, there is always this rigid concentration on the person of the truth bringer, history and tradition! As religion evolves, a priesthood class emerges and gradually becomes the earthly voice of the Deity and custodian of truth and purity. New thoughts must be approved by the hierarchy or, consigned to the dust bin as blasphemous and their proponents punishable! This was the bitter pill Jesus Christ had to swallow and eventually paid the supreme price!
The greatest adversaries or, better expressed, the most potent tools of the Darkness against Christ were the ego-rigid priests of Judaism! The average Jew had no problem accepting Jesus as the promised Messiah; only the priests could not live with the son of a carpenter who did not rise from their ranks being the Messiah, calling himself the Son of God and embarrassingly drawing so much followership! No, he had to be stopped before their synagogues became empty!
Unfortunately, mankind, including modern-day followers of Christ do not seem to recognize this root cause of Christ’s earthly travails!
“It is finished”, our Lord did and said it all” the average believer would say! But, did he? Did he have enough time to do and say it all? Did he not frequently lament that he had so much to say but could not, because, his listeners were not mature enough ‘to bear it’? Did Christ not promise:
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; …”! (John 16: 13)
Most Christians readily conclude that Christ was referring to Pentecost! However, the Outpouring of Power at Pentecost which many canvass as the fulfillment of Christ’s promise of the Spirit of Truth, cannot be it because, many years after the event, Apostle Paul still wrote:
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” (1 Corinthians 13: 9-10)
The questions confronting mankind (not just the professed Christian) today are “Is the Spirit of Truth with us or, has He come, taught the whole Truth and departed earthlife? What new knowledge did He bring? What did He say about Christ and Christmas, other religions, reincarnation, Karma, Paradise, the exact structure of Creation, astrology and many more subjects that Christ did not have enough time to explain?”
Maybe, the rejection of Christmas has nothing to do with the Spirit of Truth, new revelation or, tangible spiritually knowledge but, due to spiritual indolence which manifests as ego-rigidity!
Rigidity everywhere you turn and in every religion: Rigidity that confers on the priesthood/clergy the authority as the accuser and arbiter; rigidity that celebrates the anniversary of a Christian organization but, prevents members of the organization from observing the birth of Christ! Why?…….
“Because, Christmas is not mentioned in the Bible!”