sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Message

Merry Christmas

In the City of Bethlehem, Roman Province of Judea in April, 6 B.C., a very specific prophecy was fulfilled. 

  • The first is that a great star will rise. The prediction is not so much a matter of astronomy as it is of astrology. The positions of stars in the sky are a great clock and in the world where the sky's dome is not obscured by light pollution, great men study the movement of the stars.
  • The second is that the baby will be born in Bethlehem, a very small town outside of the walls of Jerusalem where the great King David was born a thousand years before.
  • The third prophecy is that the child must also be a direct descendant of David, a fact that can easily be proven by the temple’s meticulous genealogical records.
  • Fourth, powerful men will travel from afar to worship him.
  • Lastly, the child’s mother must be a virgin.
A child is born. The child’s name is Yeshua ben Joseph—or Jesus, meaning “the Lord is salvation.” 

Within a year, King Herod first learned about Jesus from the travelers who have come to worship the baby. Herod, a half-Arab/half-Jew and Roman-appointed king, was a man of sixty-nine who had ruled with blood and horror to maintain power. The wise men who traveled from the east asked, “Where is the one who has been born the king of the Jews? We see his star in the east and have come to worship him.” 

You know the story. The world changed and our ancestors were molded in ways that we do not presently fathom as a result of this birth 2,020 years ago. It's true that we celebrate a Spring birth in December but it is not the date that is important. It's what it represents.

And whether or not you believe, the message of Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All resonates. If we could live that every day of every year, the planet would me a much more gentle place and far more livable. Simply applying, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," creates a cycle of good.

May the goodness of Jesus Christ's teachings of love, charity, tolerance, forgiveness and redemption resonate with you this day and always.