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Understanding the Basics...Part 15

A Christmas Message---Things no longer taught in our Churches and Synagogues....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D./D.Phil.(Oxon.)

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It shouldn't surprise us that among the doctrines of Christianity that faces historical revision and further dilution from the Left is Christmas itself.  Though the Christmas story is most always a part of any Church service this time of the year, the "meat" of the story has been gutted and lost, giving way instead to the sensations of grand (and at times grotesque) "Holiday Programs and Pageants."

As the Christmas Season has begun, the need to keep Christmas from becoming just another "Holiday" (rewritten by the PC police) heightens.  Interestingly though, "Holiday" in its etiology literally means "Holy Day," not that the PC's would want to understand that! 

One would think that now that Christianity and Christmas are under continuing attack from Liberals, the Judeo-Christian Church would rally to an effort of solidarity, and stand for what is right and good.  Unfortunately for most, strategies of appeasement seem to be more in the offering than anything else, as the Left continues to hammer away at our God-given rights and His sacred message to us. 

Indeed, many Judeo-Christians seem to be more perplexed as to what they really believe, or what their churches are actually teaching, diluting the Gospels fair proportions into a vexing array of inconsistent dogma that spring from darkened hearts, those same liberal designs that now wish to reward and normalize homosexuality as a Godly tenet, for instance. 

It shouldn't surprise us that among the doctrines of Christianity that faces historical revision and further dilution from the Left is Christmas itself.  Though the Christmas story is most always a part of any Church service this time of the year, the "meat" of the story has been gutted and lost, giving way instead to the sensations of grand (and at times grotesque) "Holiday Programs and Pageants."

So, it's not that Christmas is not celebrated within the Judeo-Christian Church any more.  It is..., sort of....  Indeed, the reminder of this blessed event is to some degree more visual and apparent than it ever has been, what with the extravagances in church programs and their call for "lights, cameras, action!" 

But whereas in the past, we could look forward to wintery midnight Christmas Services, with full choir and a quiet heart-felt sermon that rehearsed to us the deeper meanings of Christmas, today we are invited to witness choreographed Broadway-type performances, complete with camels, sheep and shepherds, and the now obligatory sightings of angels (actors) literally descending from the ceilings while making flyovers over the awe-struck congregations.  What a show it has become....

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Therefore, in the Christmas story itself can be found some profound lessons that, when understood, can help us on the path to Eternal Life.  Although the meaning of Christmas is certainly the heralding of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father and Savior of Mankind into the world, it is certainly as well more than simply a celebration of His Birthday.  It is, too, the specific celebration of His Birthday in our personal lives.  Let's begin with some of the more obvious patterns to which the story points.

The "show," like many movies today, has become more about the execution of the special effects and the sensational quirks than the story-line itself, as if the writers and directors of these ostentations forgot about what a plot is in general and why it's so important in story-telling, and the plot of this story in particular.

Therefore, may I once again write about as to what is being lost and forgotten from the pulpit of today's Churches, and specifically share with you this month my simple understanding of Christmas itself, the story of which embodies the very pattern we need to follow in order for Jesus to enter into our hearts.

 

First, we are to remember of that which the Scriptures continually remind us, namely, that we should liken these sacred writings unto ourselves.  This means that we should see the similarities between the stories and parables of the Bible, and that of our own personal lives.  It means that these stories contain certain universal truths that can only be truly understood once we witness the similarities between the characters and events of Bible stories, and the dynamics of our own inner worlds, i.e., the interplay between His Spirit, and that of our spirit and our psychologies.  This is what I believe it means to "liken them" unto ourselves.  The process of "seeing" ourselves as being similar in kind to the events and dynamics being portrayed within the Bible can help us realize our own weaknesses and strengths, while being apprised of the sins from which we then need to repent.  

Therefore, in the Christmas story itself can be found some profound lessons that, when understood, can help us on the path to Eternal Life.  Although the meaning of Christmas is certainly the heralding of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father and Savior of Mankind into the world, it is certainly as well, more than simply a celebration of His Birthday.  It is, too, the specific celebration of His Birthday in our own personal lives.  With that said, let's begin with some of the more obvious patterns to which the story points.

The Christmas story, above all else, is the narrative of the humble, wondrous and ponderous Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Savior of Mankind being born into this world.  This is the event of the Word of God being made man, or, in other words, God making Himself in the flesh. 

It's common knowledge that it was a mark of humiliation put upon the Lord Jesus that his coming into the world was little observed and of which little notice was given.  His birth was literally obscure and unregarded. We may imagine, as many before us have unwittingly, that if the Son of God must be "brought" into the world, one might justly expect that he should be received with all the ceremony possible, that crowns and scepters should immediately have been laid at his feet, and that the high and mighty princes of the world should have immediately become his humble servants.  In fact, such a "Messiah" as this was exactly what the Jews expected, likely projecting their own shameful needs for recognition upon the matter, so much so that they would not recognize any other possibilities.

But the Bible relates to us that none of this occurred.  From the circumstances of His own birth, there was no honor given to Him among men.  The Lord came into the world, and the world knew him not..., He came to his own, and His own received him not.  His majesty and power were "hidden" from the eyes of men, nor was there any "beauty" about Him that would make us desire Him.  (see: Hab. 3:4, Isaiah 53:2).

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Within ourselves we will find little of that which is worldly about us making room for the Spirit of Christ coming into out lives.  Indeed, our carnal selves will not be so impressed with the birth or the presence of our Savior/our Savior's Spirit, and will generally push Him out of our mansions of sophistication, providing the Lord no place at our Inn, for He has never been welcomed there, the so-called civilized places within us.

(1) By personalizing this main theme, the Nativity becomes a journey.... a journey which is found within each of us.  Namely, the birth of the Spirit of Christ into our own consciousness, into our own awareness.  Let's see how this plays out, and witness the application within our own life.  You may first, wish to review the story as retold in Matthew and Luke, offering differing but similar accounts. 

Although the story actually begins with Mary and her cousin Elizabeth conceiving their respective children, both miracles in their own right, here at this time, I will concentrate on the Nativity itself, the birth of Christ into the world and the accompanying signs and wonders that occurred along with it, and even then, I will only address the most obvious patterns, leaving readers to discover the rest on their own.

Of most obvious importance is the drama of Mary and Joseph arriving into Bethlehem and finding no room at the Inn, finding instead lodging within a stable, warmed by the animals (the beasts of burden) there too taking shelter from the cold night. 

Meaning:  Within ourselves we will find little of that which is worldly about us making room for the Spirit of Christ coming into out lives.  Indeed, our carnal selves will not be so impressed with the birth or the presence of our Savior/our Savior's Spirit, and will generally push Him out of our mansions of sophistication, providing the Lord no place at our Inn, for He has never been welcomed there, the so-called civilized places within us.

For us to find Him, we must search for Him in those out-of-the-way parts of us that are not so becoming, not so comfortable, not so attractive and inviting.  These are the "stables" within us, the most humble parts of us that may still exist but are rarely occupied.  Within these less frequented areas of ourselves we will rediscovery the children we used to be, our own forgotten "beasts of burden," as we have consigned them to be. 

These are those displaced, estranged and forgotten parts of us, the hunger, the naked, the homeless within us that are of "our own flesh"  (see: Isaiah 58:7).  To our disgrace, these parts of us were made hunger, naked and homeless by our own inane and egocentric actions as we grew-up, unwittingly pushed out of our consciousness so long ago as we built the ways of the world within us.  In our seeking of Him, we will necessarily find the little children we used to be in very the same place.  Indeed, we will find the Spirit of Christ centered amongst them. 

Again, this patterned idea is retold again and again by the means of the Lord emphatically stating that we must again become like a little child believing in Him if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Plain and simple:  There is no other means to interact with His Spirit than by and through the children we used to be.  If you don't travel to the proverbial manger within you, you will never find the Spirit of the Lord.  Although we may wish to look for Him in the more comfortable and easily accessible areas within us, He won't be found there.  He is not in the "Inn" because no place was prepared for Him there....

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In the Christmas story, we may observe if we so choose, that true to their post, the shepherds in the fields about Bethlehem were likely devout and pious men, loyal to their cause and calling, and thus were not found slumbering in their beds, but on the night of the Nativity, abiding in the fields, and most importantly, watching!  They were alert, aware and wide awake.  And being wide awake, they were in the business of their honorable but humble calling, being ever watchful over their flocks to secure them from thieves and beasts of prey, which they couldn't honestly do if they were half asleep.

(2) Next, let us remember that coincident with the extraordinary birth were some other wondrously connected events which were simultaneously manifested.  First, let us note that an Angel first appeared to declare the wondrous event of Christ the Lord coming into the world specifically to the shepherds in the fields surrounding Bethlehem.  This declaration was then further glorified by the appearance of Heavenly Hosts (Choirs) of Angels shouting (singing) praises from the Heavens, again to these shepherds alone.

Note that the Angels chose not to appear to the those  in earthly "authority."  No such or equally declarative event was made to the captains and governors of the people, nor to the priests, Temple scribes or Pharisees.  Instead they appeared only and specifically to those who would hear the declaration from Heaven, and those who would comprehend and regard what they meant.  These Heavenly proclamations were given to those who would best understand them..., made ready to understand these sacred things simply because they had previously spent much of their life in legitimate pursuit of them. 

In other words, why go to any length to tell someone about something in which they've never had any sincere interest...?  Only those who were looking forward to the coming of Messiah and understood the importance of the event, as few and obscure as they may have been, were notified.

We will remember that the patriarchs Moses and David were also shepherds.  Tidings were brought to Moses of the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt when he was keeping sheep beneath the Lord's Mountain, and David surely knew of the affinity between his life as a shepherd and the Lord's mission to shepherd His people Israel, i.e., the seekers of Truth, as later revealed in Psalms.  It appears that the Lord has always held a special place in His Heart for "shepherds," He being the Shepherd of us all.

In the Christmas story, we may observe if we so choose, that true to their post, the shepherds in the fields about Bethlehem were likely devout and pious men, loyal to their cause and calling, and thus were not found slumbering in their beds, but on the night of the Nativity, abiding in the fields, and most importantly, watching!  They were alert, aware and wide awake.  And being wide awake, they were in the business of their honorable but humble calling, being ever watchful over their flocks to secure them from thieves and beasts of prey, which they couldn't honestly do if they were half asleep.   

Meaning:  Often it is that only the most humble and least sophisticated parts of us hear the messages of Heaven, for they remain the parts of us that are most prepared to hear His Word.  Indeed, only the children that we used to be (who are indeed humble and unsophisticated) prove qualified of being in direct contact with the Lord's Spirit, and are capable of hearing and abiding the Still, Small Voice of the Lord.  The shepherds of the Nativity, then, are metaphorical aspects of us as well, being seen as yet another type akin to the forgotten pieces of ourselves within us... even the children we used to be; those that remain true to their calling, despite the disenfranchisement from the world and their forced estrangement from us. 

Truly, it seems that the more polished and disentranced parts of us hear nothing, nor are we so inclined to even desire same, having become fattened by our own arrogance and satisfied egos. 

Like the Shepherds of the fields surrounding the Nativity, those of us that would hear from God must stir ourselves up and become alerted to the wonders of the Lord's testimonies around us.  We must be awakened from the sleep of the world, become skilled in realty testing and discernment, become "watchful" by introspectively keeping ourselves honest and on guard to those who would deceive us, or would lull us back to sleep, persuading us to believe that such things are of little importance, and thereby leave our posts unguarded to the night. 

These parts of us, though now scattered like the honorable shepherds then, must be gathered together from the fields of memories from within our own lives, and directed to the place where the Lord is found, resting in His humble Manger, beneath the Star of Bethlehem, just as occurred for the devout and goodly shepherds that Christmas Eve so long ago.  

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As this star was the token of God's presence with with the three Magi (for He is Light, and goes before his people as their Guide), it is also a type of that Light which is meant for each of us to comfort us and confirm our direction on the journey through life. Indeed, we are admonished that if and when we are single to God in all that we do, our eye becomes single in purpose and desire to do His Will.  With that obedience affectionately made part of our daily walk before Him, it is then He who, in answer to our prayers for guidance, says clearly to us:  This is the way, walk in it:  (Psalms 32:8)Thus, with our minds set surely upon His Way, He will not abandon us in our journey, just as He did not abandoned the three Magi.  His Guidance will be there when we need it.

(3)  And that brings us to the next lesson... The Star of Bethlehem was set to point to the place of the Saviors birth.  It was meant as a sign from Heaven to testify directly and most gloriously of the majesty of the Nativity, heralding the birth of the Son of God into the world.  It was an independent sign of the coming of Only Begotten of the Father unto men, who would at last provide the means to fulfill the promises of salvation and eternal life for the faithful.  It demonstrated that God was busy in His Faithfulness in fulfilling all that He had Promised.

The star's appearance was also the celestial sign that was so posted in the Heavens to lead others to the place of the Nativity, specifically meaningful to the three Magi or Wisemen who presumably traveled from Persia, and who used the portending of the star (which they previously calculated celestially) and its later reality (which they later observed) to confirm to them that they were on the right path. 

 

 KJV Matthew 2:1 ¶ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

 

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

7 ¶ Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

 

Meaning:  As this star was the token of God's presence with the three Magi (for He is Light, and goes before his people as their Guide), it is also a type of that Light which is meant for each of us in order to comfort us and confirm our direction on the journey through life. Indeed, we are admonished that if and when we are single to God in all that we do, our eye becomes single in purpose and desire to do His Will.  With that obedience affectionately made part of our daily walk before Him, it is then He who, in answer to our prayers for guidance, says clearly to us:  This is the way, walk in it:  (Psalms 32:8)Thus, with our minds set surely upon His Way, He will not abandon us in our journey, just as He did not abandon the three Magi.  His Guidance will be there when we need it.

 Point aside:  Arriving in Jerusalem from their homeland of Persia, the Magi, resolving to seek till they should find, met with Herod's court.  They explained that they followed the strange new star in the eastern sky, seeking to worship the King of the Jews who was to be born at the epoch's ascendency. This honest and humble confession, it is written, troubled Herod and all of Jerusalem...., as it may well be asked why were three non-Jewish Kings from the east so interested in worshipping a King of the Jews?  Was that not out of place?

And in turn, rebuffed by the seeming indifference of Herod's Court's noted by the lack of spiritual interest displayed, the Magi may well have asked themselves, "Are we come so far to honor the King of the Jews, but the Jews themselves find no interest nor compunction to be so inspired or like-minded, wanting to be told who the King is only after He had been found, and then only perhaps for nefarious means?"  In the Magi's perception, such is nothing more than a "slight" which disrespected the very mission of the condescension of the King of the Universe into the flesh, while further dimiminishing the regard due to their Persian royalty and spiritual acumen altogether.

Certainly, all those in Herod's court knew of the prophecies of the Messiah.  And it's hard to imagine that they did not see the rise of the new star's prominence in the Heavens growing more brilliant each day.  So, it's very strange indeed that when they sent the Magi on their way to Bethlehem, not one person of the court, temple, or city, would, even for the sake of common civility, accompany them.  Again, the pure interests of the Magi were not shared.  Apparently, none were touched even with the slightest curiosity, nor in conscience, to witness the presence of the new born King..., perhaps not even understanding that not only was this the King of the Jews, the Messiah of Israel, but the King of the Universe Himself.

Furthermore, as Matthew Henry (the noted Bible scholar) has previously noted of the Magi, "the Magi among the Persians were their philosophers and their priests; nor would they admit any one for their king who had not first been enrolled among the Magi".... and hence we may know these things:  "1.) That they (the Magi) were Gentiles, and not belonging to the commonwealth of Israel.  2.) The Jews regarded not Christ, but these Gentiles enquired him out.  Note: Many times those who are nearest to the means, are furthest from the end." 

In other words, the Magi knew more of the Messiah's ministry, and held it in even greater importance, than did even Israel to whom He was to be born.... Yet another lesson to contemplate....

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Just think about it.... We all have learned that the Holy Ghost is the Lord's Spirit of Revelation given to testify to us of His Goodness and Truth, which thereby  confirms the identity of the Father and the Son.  It is given to direct us to the Words of Christ, to His Name and Spirit within us. Moreover, it is meant to shine out of the Heavens so as to testify to us (as the Record and Comforter of Heaven does) that whatever the Word states is Good and True.  Most simply, the Holy Ghost is given to confirm to us that we will not be wasting our time in accepting such instruction and confirmation, helping us see how "new" understanding is integrated with the "old," and thus verifying that any "older" understanding that we have already found to be true becomes even more precious under His Continuing Light.  This is the work of Spiritual Edification, building upon the foundation of Heaven, glorifying His Name within us, pointing to and confirming the authenticity of Christ, just as did the Star of Bethlehem so many years ago. 

Getting back to the meaning of the star of Bethlehem, Peter reminds us that there is a day-star that arises in the hearts of those that enquire after Christ, and that day-star is the more sure word of prophecy:

 

2 Peter 1:19-21 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 

The pattern here is unmistakable.  Peter equates for us here an "equivalence," that the Star represents a designated type of an ongoing manifested and confirming direction that the Lord gives the faithful.  In other words, the Star represents an allegorical type which specifically points to what the Holy Ghost is to us, demonstrating the metaphorical workings and manners of the Holy Ghost in our lives. 

Just think about it.... We all have learned that the Holy Ghost is the Lord's Spirit of Revelation given to testify to us of His Goodness and Truth, which thereby  confirms the identity of the Father and the Son.  It is given to direct us to the Words of Christ, to His Name and Spirit within us. Moreover, it is meant to shine out of the Heavens so as to testify to us (as the Record and Comforter of Heaven does) that whatever the Word states is Good and True.  Most simply, the Holy Ghost is given to confirm to us that we will not be wasting our time in accepting such instruction and confirmation, helping us see how "new" understanding is integrated with the "old," and thus verifying that any "older" understanding that we have already found to be true becomes even more precious under His Continuing Light.  This is the work of Spiritual Edification, building upon the foundation of Heaven, glorifying His Name within us, pointing to and confirming the authenticity of Christ, just as did the Star of Bethlehem so many years ago. 

Subsequently we may observe how joyful the three Magi were upon having their faith of following God's direction rewarded and confirmed, the Star having led them to exactly where they wanted to be.  Again:

 

KJV Matthew 2:9 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

 

Indeed, the star actually "stood" over the place of the Nativity.  We can imagine that the starlight shown directly into and upon the place of the Nativity, a beam of Light falling upon their destination, all in all providing for them a deep sense of comfort.  Now they deeply understood they had not been deceived, and had not taken this long journey in vain.  So should we look forward to being comforted upon our journey when we choose to have such faith.

Thus, the Star of Bethlehem is still active in our own lives as the role of the Holy Ghost, the very day-star Peter speaks about, comforting us by building our understanding of Goodness, leading us to the Christ, making our understanding more firm and stable, persuading us to have continual faith in His Word, while its authenticity builds within us. 

Being a Spirit of Revelation, The Holy Ghost both heralds and confirms the past, present and future of the Truthfulness of the Word, and provides the direction that we need (the shepherding) required to get us to our destination.  This is the Lord's continuing confirmation of His Guidance to us "forever and ever," unfolding the Truth of all that He has said and has yet to say to us upon the sojourn of life, letting us know that we have not wasted out time following after Him. 

Therefore, in order to seek the Word, we must look up from our daily lives, and see the bright revelations but subtle persuasions of the Holy Ghost within the skies over our heads, using it as a mark, a celestial guide and compass of sorts to set our feet by..., to show us where the Name of Christ lies within us..., and that we, like those that visited the Nativity that night so long ago, may fall down and worship Him, the God of the Universe, so that our journey may be swift and successful.  But again, nothing will awaken those that are resolved to be regardless, that resolve not to look....  

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Some have opined that Providence sent these valuable gifts for a seasonable relief to Mary and Joseph, as in their present poor condition and relocated position they had not neither means to provide for themselves currently nor the finances needed for the journey to Egypt, which would soon be upon them.  To this, I would concur.  But as we have already found above, the figures, events and subjects of the Christmas story also act as types for us, representations of the dynamics that are before us when accepting Christ into our respective lives.  And in the gifts from the Magi, I suggest that no less will be found.

 

(4) The last lesson I wish to speak about this month is on the treasures that the Magi brought to the Son of God. Again, we read:

 

Matthew 2:11 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Some have opined that Providence sent these valuable gifts for a seasonable relief to Mary and Joseph, as in their present poor condition and relocated position they had not neither any means to provide for themselves nor the finances needed for the journey to Egypt, which would soon be upon them.  To this, I would concur. 

But as we have already found above, the figures, events and subjects of the Christmas story also act as types for us, representations of the dynamics that are before us when accepting Christ into our respective lives.  And in the gifts from the Magi, I suggest that no less will be found.

Accordingly, the first gift mentioned is that of "gold," the gift for the King of Kings.  Indeed, Gold is the fundamental treasure of Kings, because it is that which enables and moves their respective economies.  It is the substance of measure of worth, of value, as well as the ancient standard or measure of "increase"...., and the metric of all other treasures, be they goods or services, that it subordinates and controls. 

In this regard, "gold's" capacity to be a measure of increase allows us to recognize its similarities to the spiritual gift of Faith.  For Faith is also the means by which, in His Name, we may have or acquire increase.  Like Gold, Faith is the foundation of our Spiritual Economies. Nothing of any value can be done without it.  It is the means where we can proceed from the known into the unknown, extrapolating from that which we know and hold true into the arenas of what we don't yet know, but hope to be true.  This is the first gift that we should bring to the Name of Christ within us, for it is that which enables His Seed of Goodness to become Spiritually awakened within us, allowing the Name of His Presence to increase in authority, power and glory.  

The second gift given by the Magi was Frankincense, the gift for the Priest of Priests, for in its fragrance the prayers and aspirations of mankind may be carried upwards to Heaven.  Similarly, that which can carry us Spiritually is Hope itself, and specifically Hope for Goodness within our lives.  In like manner, Hope is the second gift we should humbly bring to the Name of Christ within us.  In gifting Hope to the His Name within us, we further succor the "newborn", embracing the teachings of the Gospel, befriending His Spiritual Influences and making their lessons ours, moving us forward into the path of His Light, allowing His presence to shine within us, and carry us optimistically on to the tomorrows.  As incense rises towards Heaven, so does Hope propel the building of His Image within us.

The third gift which the Magi placed at the foot of the manger was Myrrh, an ancient and valuable oil that was used to sacrificially anoint, prepare and embalm the dead.  More pointedly, it is the gift meant to honor the Sacrifice.  The sacrificial type here points us directly to the Spiritual gift of Charity itself, for Charity can only be received and  directly developed through the denial and/or sacrifice of the lower or carnal self, subordinating our selfishness to obscurity (death---allowing the lower self to figuratively "die") so that the Lord's Image may be born within us, even the express love of Christ which will thereinafter emanate from our better character, our Higher Self made in His Image.  For in this sacrifice, anointed after the order of Sacrifice made plain by the Son of God, there is eternal increase..., increase that has been first seeded by Faith and then continually encouraged by Hope.  Charity, then, is the next gift we bring to the Name of Christ within us, namely the willingness to lay down our life for something that is better.

Hence, Faith, Hope and Charity are the gifts that He prizes most, since they are the dynamics that best cultivate the Seed of Goodness within us, allowing His name to be glorified within us.  And we are to bring these gifts, manifesting them or "playing" them out in our lives as to the best of our separate and varied abilities, just like..., if I may suggest..., as did the fictional little drummer boy, who found himself ill-equipped to lay a gift before the King....and subsequently offered the most that he possibly could:

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Neuroscientist, Physicist, and Clinical Psychologist and having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in practice and research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us books  &  The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

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Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come. 

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum? 

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum. 

The Little Drummer Boy/Carol of the Drum by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone, 1958.

 

Just as the little drummer boy approached the new born King, we too must approach.  To be sure, we must see ourselves as just another little drummer boy who, too, has nothing of worldly value to give to Him but the playing of his little drum to the best of his ability. 

So, no matter if we are kings of industry, or of our professions, holding honors and accolades of the world still ringing in our ears..., no matter our riches and wealth of family and friends..., in truth we are no better than the fictional little drummer boy.  We can offer nothing better to the Christ than the playing of our own "little drum," that is to say, of the playing of ourselves (our "drum" which He has given to us) to the best of our ability, with all our heart, mind, strength..., while taking our instruction from the Lord of Lords and King of Kings..., attempting to keep the beat and cadence of the Master Conductor....glorifying His Name as we play.

And blessed are we if we know that there's no other gift that is fit for us to bring.... "pa rum pum pum pum....So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come."  

Merry Christmas and may His Blessings of Increase so abound in us all!

 


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