The angel’s announcement to the shepherds, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” Luke 2: 8-14. Christ took human form and loved us so much that He emptied Himself of His glory and came to this world of illusion -- where humanity was deep in its evil ways -- to remind us of the love of our Father, to offer us freedom from bondage, to give us an example to follow, and to prepare for us the way that would take us back Home.
How can we celebrate and honor His life, in gratitude for what He has done for us? We can do it by doing what He told us, by imitating His example. Sometimes we like to evade responsibility by saying that He was God incarnate and therefore able to do anything, but for us who do not possess His power that is impossible. And we don’t even try to use Him as an example. But if He was to come with all His power, why did He need to be born as a child? He could have come as God’s messenger and deliver His message. He chose to come as a human being to have the whole experience as a man and experience man’s feelings. The Apostle Paul said, “But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.” He was not different from us. The Bible says “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1: 9. Yes! He was the light, but He also said "You are the light of the world." When we begin to wake up and remember the knowledge of God, then is when our lives begin to illuminate, and we then become the light of the world. We can then help our brothers to wake up of the unconsciousness in which they are buried. God put in each of us a spark of light, of divinity, that can become a luminaire. That spark of light is the Christ, the link that unites us all. That is what makes possible that we may all be one.
That small perfect part within us needs to grow and envelope all our being. The Lord’s teachings are not about doing things but about correcting our minds, about aligning our minds with God’s. And how can we begin this process? We need to change our way of thinking. It is difficult to summarize in a few words how the conscious and subconscious mind works, but most of the beliefs we have, have been part of our subconscious mind since childhood, because someone taught us. And the decisions we are still making every day are based on those beliefs. Remember that we were created free, so let us make use of that freedom. As children we accepted certain beliefs without giving them proper thought, and we programmed our subconscious, and became part of us. But now we can reprogram it, by getting rid of or to correct obsolete beliefs or wrong beliefs we may have. This will give us openness of mind, and it will show great progress. This is not about changing the way we act, but about changing our way of thinking. Now we are going to be adopting beliefs based on what makes sense to us, and our advance will be faster.
Do you know what you believe and why? Knowing what we believe is indispensible. We spent time studying the opinions of others and what they think and believe, but unfortunately we don’t give much thought to what we ourselves believe. As we read the messages of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible, let us not assume that we already know what He meant to say. Let us go with a fresh mind and study with the intention of really understanding it. We can go even deeper and ask Him, “What do You wanted to say with these words?” He will open our minds. His teachings and His promises are eternal and have the same power as when He said them. When the Lord Jesus Christ promised “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.” John 14: 12-14. Believing in Him -- implying doing what He told us to do -- carry the power of His promise. Who is the Lord Jesus Christ for you? He said after His resurrection, "All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth."
When He said, "Whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father," This did not mean that He didn’t have enough power to do greater things. He had all the power. But doing mightier acts was not part of His plan. Doing sensational things, just to show His power, would have brought consequences that were not part of His mission. He had the right amount of time to carry out God's plan for humanity and go back to the Father. But His promise is that His followers will be able to do even greater things than what He did. To have that authority, we need to meet the requirements, which are to follow in His steps and ask in His name. He is going to respond to us, so God, the Father, may be glorified. We need to recognize that if a promise He made us has not been fulfilled in our lives, it is due to some failure on our part, because His part is already done. This is not about saying beautiful words, but about being congruent - that our acts reflect, what we are thinking and we are saying.
“The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within, and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come. He comes demanding nothing. No sacrifice of any kind, of anyone, is asked by Him ...This Christmas give the Holy Spirit everything that would hurt you. Let yourself be healed completely that you may join with Him in healing, and let us celebrate our release together by releasing everyone with us. Leave nothing behind, for release is total, and when you have accepted it with me you will give it with me. Let no despair darken the joy of Christmas, for the time of Christ is meaningless apart from joy.” ACIM T-15.XI.2,3,8. Christ is the light; we are the light of the world because He is within us! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, and let this be the season of Christ being reborn in our lives.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." 2 Corinthians 13:14.