Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas

 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 

        Allow this verse to resonate within you, allow it to pour out its blessings from within you and may you see all the wonderful light it is shedding within you.
        This verse has moved me beyond tears, it resides in my very soul and is what I think about when we celebrate Christmas.  We always point out a few things about Christmas such as the birth of Jesus, the Christmas tree, the manger, gifts, and family.  None of which are celebrated at the correct time of year, if we understand that the conception of Jesus was given by the Spirit during this time of year then we know that the festival of tents is probably the more accurate birth-time for Jesus.  
        The physical representation is always looked at when seeking the meaning of Christmas.  I want to turn to a different avenue that I believe is correct and is spiritual.   The statement from above is from Isaiah 9:6,  let's take it a phrase at a time.  

For unto us a child is born, 

           We think of Christ born in a manger and that is exactly what has happened.  you are the manger, the lowly place, the rotten side stable where this new birth has taken place.  Within you a child is conceived not of sinful flesh, but of an eternal spirit.  A new light has dawned within your soul and is now a very part of you.  You are the lowly manger in which this child is born, Jesus the Christ, in you.

To us a son is given: 

           Christmas is a time of giving gifts, and this gift is from the father and deep within you is the Christmas tree or the tree of life.  On its branches are gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control which are fruits or gifts of the spirit.  There is deep within a gift of the son who is sufficient to our weaknesses.  Sufficient means adequate, nothing more nothing less, exactly what we need, and all knowing for eternal life.  A son is given, a gift of grace, and undeserved favor.  do you understand the sufficient gift that exist in you is enough to meet your needs.  This gift is what your kings and tyrants that exist within you will bow down to and they will pay homage to this great gift of a king.  
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

        The government of what (a question asked by Walter C. Lanyon)?  is so appropriate and this is where the tears shed for me.  Governments give a lair of control over you.  This has nothing to do with Washington, D.C., or state in which you reside, but one thing, your life.  The Government of your life is to be upon his shoulders.  This child born in you as a gift is bearing your life on his shoulders.  Life is found, but where?  upon his shoulders, the onus of you trying to figure out this spiritual journey is on his shoulders, his life is found in you and your life is bound by him in union. This is why we shouldn't worry one moment further about our spiritual growth because it is your Father in heaven who gives good gifts and reveals himself to us and grows us at the right time.

and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

        In the book of Philippians chapter 2 we see the verse that talks about every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  God's promise to Abraham's seed was that he would make his name great.  This child born in us the lowly manger is called wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, and the prince of peace all existing in you.  What's true of Christ is true of you!

        As I reflect on this verse and all the time I've wasted on the physical, this breeds in me the joyful peace of the season knowing that I am in Christ and he has made in me the union life of the everlasting.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, 

Jason

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