At Christmas, we commemorate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus should therefore be on Him and our gaze should be directed upwards in thanks to God for sending His Son down to earth to rescue humanity.
If we look around us however and observe what goes on around this time of the year, it is quite clear that the majority of Christians are focused not on Christ but rather on decorating their homes, stocking up their stores and fridges with food and drinks, buying gifts, visiting friends and relatives and general “merry making”.
Christmas has become a commercial venture with supermarkets, shopping malls, stores and businesses of various shapes and sizes competing with each other to record high customer sales and consequent huge profits. On radio, television and in the newspapers, we are regaled left and right with all sorts of special offers and “promos” all designed to make us spend, spend and spend again.
In this atmosphere, there is no time for reflection or inner contemplation. The tempo is fast and highly charged and only a few of us are able to extract ourselves from the Christmas “rush” or “fever “and give thought to the major issue: God sent down His Son, a part of Himself, to save us. That must mean that we were and maybe still are in great need of help. What was the danger that necessitated such a great sacrifice on the part of the Godhead? What responsibilities fall on us in the face of such a sacrifice? In short, what are we doing to ensure that Christ’s coming was not in vain?
Many might consider this train of thought erroneous, since they believe that with the death of Jesus on the cross, their sins have been washed away and the danger has been averted. As some say, “He has paid the price”. Consequently, we are saved and have now only to recognise him as our personal saviour, go to church and raise up our hands in thanks and praise especially on his birthday.
Those who think in this way however are making things too easy for themselves and living under a delusion. The crucifixion does not wash away our sins and Christ’s death on the cross was not a God-willed act but a dastardly crime. Christ’s work of salvation lay in bringing the Word of Truth from the highest heights down to humanity. He who grasps this Word of Truth aright and that means understanding it correctly and living it, will attain ultimately, if he maintains a good volition, salvation. Those of us however, who have not understood it and consequently are not living it, face the danger of spiritual death which means eternal damnation. This danger has not been averted through the crucifixion but is still a stark reality with which all must concern themselves. Church attendance, praying, singing and clapping of hands, making loved ones, family and friends happy by presenting gifts, offering food and drink etc. during the festive season does not constitute living the Word of Truth, does not constitute true divine service.
Divine service lies in recognising God’s Will in Creation and joyfully fulfilling It. Celebration of the Christmas festival therefore demands of us that we occupy ourselves with the question, “What is God’s Will in creation”? “Do I really know it”? “Am I really fulfilling it”? If not, what must I do to recognise this will and live it? If we are able to answer for ourselves these questions correctly and follow the steps that are consequent upon such recognition, then we will have celebrated Christmas in a more meaningful manner than hitherto.
The explanation given in this article is based on the author’s understanding of the Work “In The Light of Truth”, The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin.
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