On the day Jesus was born, he was a human baby for all intents and purposes. His birth was announced by Gabriel to Mary, Mother of Jesus. His divinity was clear; however, the moment he was born, he arrived as every other child had manifested in all of history at that time.
As we ponder His birth today, most likely not the actual birthday of Jesus, we must remember why He was born to a human mother.
As with all of us who have arrived on this planet, Jesus had a path to follow that was His alone. He had a message to share that eventually became a religion and a source of faith for many men and women over the last 2,000 years.
As a Jewish child, he was destined to be circumcized. There are some who state that if shedding His blood for our sins was the act that would redeem our souls, the blood that came from that circumcision was all that it would have taken. If that is true, then why did He have to live beyond that moment?
It was because His learning, His teaching, and His living had a greater purpose. His death had a purpose.
As we light our Christmas trees and open our presents, those who ascribe to Christians beliefs must remember the significance of the birth of Jesus in the first place and take from that birth our own lessons.
Each one of us has a purpose on this planet. Each one of us, as defined in the Bible, are children of God. Each one of us has a place in Heaven if we so choose. Our lives are our messages, just as Jesus Christ taught us.
The writers of the Gospels often attempted to teach us lessons in their writing. The words of Jesus Christ, however, consistently taught a message of truth, faith, love, and welcome. As with most people, we have chosen to cull from the biblical teachings those things that work for us and cast off those that don’t.
If we reflect on Jesus’ words alone, compare them within the scope of the various texts offered as sacred, we would find that His desire for our growth in love alone was all He taught. There was not one word about hating your enemy. There was not one word about judging another. There was not one word about killing in His name.
In the Gnostic Gospels, those found in Nag Hammadi, written in the Second and Third Centuries, we find other words that are written closer to the time of Jesus than some of those found in the Bible, and that suggest that we have the light of God within us. We have direct access to our God and that when Jesus said that through Him we could find God, He may have shared with us that through His awareness of His own relationship with God, we could learn to hear the voice of God ourselves. We are His brothers and sisters, after all.
The intimacy we have with God is the lesson we have yet to learn on a global level. Whatever we call God, the Divine Creator lives within each one of us.
So, on the day we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, let us reflect on the true teaching of His life. We are all created in God’s image, the image of spirit and light and unconditional love. Our only job is to remember that and to share those commonalities with our brothers and sisters in unity, humility, gratitude, and joy.
These qualities transcend Christianity and are taught in a huge number of traditions around the world.
While one star may shine brighter than others, each star adds to the light in the night sky. The clearer the air, the brighter the stars are above. The fewer sources of false light on the ground, the brighter the stars are above. The darker the night, the brighter the stars are above.
So, when we wish “Merry Christmas,” to our brothers and sisters in spirit, let us remember what those words truly mean. Be happy in the celebration of the lessons taught to us by Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas everyone.