by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014
Once upon a time, there was a King who was greater than any other king who had ever been because this King of all kings was also the Creator of the universe and thus He our world and everything in it. He had neither beginning nor end. He had always been and would always be. Unchanging at all times, He was Truth. He had always reigned supreme and always would. Most importantly, He did not just love. He was unlimited, unending, unconditional Love. It was and is His essence.
In the time between the beginning and the time which was, the people who He had created to be the object of His love chose another ruler instead of the King because they did not want to submit to the King’s Way. As the treasured inheritance He had chosen and made for Himself, the King had promised to perfectly care for and provide for His beloved people forever. This was His joy and an expression of His supreme love. He would be in them and with them and they in Him and with Him forever. This was the King of the spiritual realm and the physical realm because the physical, natural realm was created by the King in the supernatural, spiritual.
The King loved the ones He had created too much to have them with Him if they chose to follow the way of another and so He let them go, actually banishing them from His presence so they could continue to attempt to live whatever way they chose, a way which did not match His. However, again His love reigned supreme over what His people deserved and He provided for them better than they could provide for themselves. He put goodness and His loving touch in each of their lives, in a place which should have only contained hardship and sorrow.
How good was this King! How kind! But this was because He could not be different than He was. Thus there was nothing about Him which was not good and so being goodness personified and the only One in whom goodness could be found, the ruler who the people chose to follow, who encouraged each to live whatever way he or she thought best, was not good and there was no goodness in him. The people the King loved were under the dominion (rulership) of one who held them captive in their own desires to that which was not the King’s best for them, for He knew that for which He had created them. Some of the people knew this and mourned the loss of their citizenship in the Kingdom of the King of kings. Many others simply could not make sense of lives which seemed like they should be good but so often were filled with so much which was not.
The place where the people now lived was not everlasting. There was evil, injustice, hatred, anger, selfishness, war and no peace because the spirit of the world who had dominion (right to rule) was by nature completely contrary to the nature of the One True King. As in the times of the Israelites’ captivity under the oppressors in Egypt, the people through the generations cried out for their spiritual freedom. Somehow deep inside they knew they were destined for something more. The yearning within them for it was insatiable and gave them no rest. Ongoing they let their misery be known as a despairing sigh released without ceasing into the spiritual atmosphere echoing into the presence of the King who was and is love. They could not understand how their lives could be so hard and there could be so much unavoidable sorry, grief and even death (no matter how hard they tired) when they had heard there was a King who was and is love.
But the King understood. He remembered the choice made by the people’s ancestors to go their own way and follow this spirit who led them contrary to His kingdom Way, which was the only true Way and the Way where true joy, peace, goodness and love could be found (for these things were found only in and by Him) And this King who was by His very nature their Lord (the One who ruled over them still because He ruled over all) loved those He had made too much to leave them in their misery without a way out. He had always heard their cries and He had always planned to answer.
So at His perfectly appointed time, the King sent His Son to dwell with the people and reveal the Truth of who He is and His way and to be a partaker in His ultimate plan which would make the way for all who chose now to follow Him, to enter back into the destiny for which He had made them. Like the story His Son told of the son who went his own way, found it did not work, squandered his inheritance and sought to return to his father’s house, so the King now through His Son’s life, birth and obedient sacrifice unto death, stood on the road with open arms to welcome each of us back if we chose to turn, seek to come toward Him and embrace Him.
In the years to come, as the people who had not understood now comprehended who the Son had been and what He had done opening the way to eternal spiritual reunion with Father who all who would turn and follow, the people also began to celebrate this Gift of hope which had been sent into their misery so that each person knew, the King was spiritually with them in exile and He Himself would lead them home. Each person had only to seek to follow. And they called the festival which celebrated His birth, Christmas—the celebration of the coming of the Christ—the One appointed by the King to come, make the way and lead us back into the Kingdom of the King for which we were created, so that our misery might be lessened and our joy increased now and forever.
Thus people began to set-aside a particular time of year to rejoice in the future and hope the King provided for us through His Son, and to honor Him and all He has done for us, which we could never do for ourselves and could never, ever earn (for it is a Gift). The people chose not to work, making as a time of Sabbath rest and declared it to be a season where we focus on loving one another in honor of the One who is Love and gave back Life with Him to us. This is the reason for Christmas. It is our hope. He is our joy.
All the rest is our human strivings to make this time into something others have told us it should be. Yet, whether we are together with others or alone, Christmas is a time to honor, remember, contemplate and worship the King of kings who desires to give us better and more than we could ever imagine. Christmas is a time when if we allow it by choosing to spend focused time with Him, we join with the rejoicing happening in heaven ongoing and heaven seems to touch earth. And according to His perfect will and plan, as He sees our eyes at rest on Him, revering Him and waiting on His Word, He will give increased gifts to our hearts which will strengthen us for this sometimes arduous journey home which will be touched by injustice, hurt and grief. In this way He can take even that which seems unbearable here and bring something good—something eternal–out of it as He increasingly flows through us in all circumstances to continue to offer His hope through His love to the world. MERRY BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it…14 And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…16 For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace. (John 1:1-5,14,16)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)
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