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.
And with your spirit! What a lovely post.
Here's to another feast! A legit one, at that. In TX, that looks like my family filling a long pew at Christmas Eve Mass (which may or may not be audible over crying infants and restless children), followed by an enormous stock pot of chili, some cornbread muffins, and a bit of preparatory merriment. Here's to you and yours and all y'all!
That sounds like a delightful Christmas Eve, Pretty Jenny. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that you wear all of your "warrior" garb on Christmas morning to demonstrate your berserker spirit.
Merry Christmas, LL – to you and your (growing) family.
Merry Christmas, LL.
I enjoyed that sermon. Good message.
LL, thank you for the reminder. I am not pious, but being and old boat sailor I don't take too many chances. Merry Christmas! A prosperous new year for you and yours.
Thank you, Adrienne. May your holiday celebration be merry and memorable.
Merry Christmas, Padre.
Rats fleeing a ship is never a good sign to an old sailor.
All the same, and notwithstanding, Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you for your talent at blogging and your other talents that shall remain unmentioned.
The ladies have been talking again, haven't they?
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you.
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