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As we are again approaching the holiday season it is quite appropriate that I give you a message related to the great Entity responsible for this celebration.
In my writings there has been emphasis on key words. Let us suppose we were asked to give a key word describing the effect of this “Master of Masters, teacher of angels and men.” What would it be?
Several key words could be given and would seem to be accurate, but let me give you one to consider.
The word I would give would be “celebration.”
Many would question this word, especially when considering the history of Christianity over the past two thousand years. Many merely look at every negative detail of history and piously proclaim that Jesus and the religion He inspired to be dismal failures. If this is so, then is there indeed anything to celebrate?
There is much to celebrate.
The great celebration began with the birth of Jesus. At this event the scriptures tell us that shepherds in the fields heard angels singing in celebration “peace, peace on earth – good will to men.”
The short-sighted person would look at the world since the birth of the Messiah and possibly conclude that the angels were celebrating in vain, that peace on earth has been a pipe dream that is not likely to materialize.
On the contrary, the angels knew exactly what they were doing. They were not looking ahead to the end of the life of Jesus or even a thousand or two thousand years in the future. The reason they were singing with celebration is that they saw the birth of Jesus as a first step of many that would be taken until the whole mission was complete. Because they saw that this first step had been taken and that the other steps which would follow were sure and true, the angels saw a picture of the whole effect of the mission of Christ and that effect which soon awaits us is “peace on earth good will to men.”
Isaiah saw through the same eyes as did the angels when he wrote:
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”(Isaiah 2:4)
The great mission of Christ thus began with the birth of Jesus and the maturing of a teacher who gave us the greatest, most memorial words ever spoken upon the earth. This Messiah saw the vision, as did the angels of a time that men would no longer learn war and instead use the energy dedicated to it toward productive means. He realized that this time was in the distance and the mission must begin with inner peace.
Even in the midst of outward turbulence, Jesus placed emphasis on peace:
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)
Why did the elements obey his command? Even the elemental lives which rule the storms have within their center the Presence of God. When Jesus spoke the word “Peace” followed by a directed thought, He caused the attention of the life force of the elements to be directed toward the inner peace of God rather than the outer storm. The moment these tiny lives were reminded of the peace of God within their center they became still with reverence and the storm did cease to be.
Jesus would sometimes greet his friends with a salutation of peace:
“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” (Luke 24:36)
Jesus promised the disciples an enduring inner peace, even though the outer world would war against them:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
The great principle behind permanent peace is this. First there must be an inner peace where the consciousness of the seeker must register the silent voice of God within his soul. After this occurs such a person will seek peace on all levels with all his heart.
So why is it then that the disciples of the world who have felt of this peace suffered great distress because of persecution from those who know no peace?
The answer is simple. Those who do not know peace will fight against those who do know peace. The solution is equally simple. Those who know not peace must be introduced to peace.
This was one of the main reasons that Jesus sent his disciples into the world, to teach the Gospel, which literally means “good news.” One of the reasons it was seen as good news was that the moment that a person is taught through the soul and feels the peace of God within then he will also desire the peace without.
The enemies of peace become willing to lay down their swords the moment they are reminded of that which they inwardly have always known. Within the souls of all men and women is the Spirit of God that carries the peace of God.
Those who feel the peace of the Spirit may be forced to fight now and then so that the innocent will be protected, for “in righteousness he (Christ) doth judge and make war.” Rev 19:11
But the moment that the destroyer is rendered harmless the man of peace seeks only to heal and not hurt, to build and not tear down and to give love to all and hate to no one.
If we could then truly see through the eyes of the angels, we too would see in vision the completed mission of Christ, that the peace within exponentially touches the souls of humanity until the majority desire the peace without that they also feel inside. In that day heaven and earth is brought together, the earth is transformed through the knowledge of God and the Masters and angels manifest themselves again among the common people.
He who touches the hem of the garment of Christ and sees the direction He is taking us can only have one feeling in his heart. That feeling is one of celebration – not only over that which is to be, but because of the great work and sacrifice which has been.
The world senses the truth of this key word at this time of year and celebrates a remembrance of the birth of Christ as they celebrate none other. They celebrate by singing songs of praise. They celebrate by giving gifts. They celebrate by making the occasion festive, fun and light-hearted. They celebrate by remembering the poor. They celebrate by reverencing the Creator of all things. They celebrate by decorating their home with lights. And they celebrate by giving forth an increase of love to all.
This inward feeling that pushes ordinary people to celebrate is a testimony that the soul of the human race has registered that there is indeed something to celebrate. The angels of our nature have caught a glimpse of the future, and it is glorious.
Posted 2002-12-24 06:26:00
Copyright © 2002 by J.J. Dewey, All Rights Reserved
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