Christmas Article for Hill Country News 2015
By Chuck Robison
Christmas: a wonderful story that has been told, retold and modified for 2000 years. So much so that it is now mostly a creative record of something that is valuable for its spiritual content, but not for its historical accuracy.
Notice something: the whole story happens in the dark, at night, on one of the longest darkest nights of every year. From the beginning, our ancestors marked the Winter Solstice as the time when the Sun was at its’ weakest and most distant. And throughout all history, the return of the Sun from the Winter Solstice has been a sign that new life is coming.
No one today doubts that the Sun is the light by which the world experiences itself. Until recently, Jesus’ claim that He was the Light of the World was basically a poetic title but that is over. Scientists have recently taken the first photographs of light as it happens and at its own speed on a quantum level. This remarkable scientific feat helps us begin to understand that light has energy, mass and speed………in short it is a powerful force.
I am a Red Letter Christian….my understanding of my faith is based on the available recorded words and teaching of The Christ, as found in the first four books of the New Testament. Those words describe the workings of secret spiritual laws and powers, of which light is one of the most important.
Over the past thirty years I have thought a lot about The Christ as light. Just as our Sun can cause all manner of things, God’s Son can bring a new understanding, a flash of brilliant light to the lives we live on the dark side. The world changes when one has seen the light…..and so does the viewer.
Over the next week ask yourself this question: Do you really feel comfortable living your life in fear? We are so accustomed to living in darkness and fear, that when we discover that the light dissolves all fear on a spiritual as well as on a physical level, we do not believe it. The Angels know what our lives are like and that is why whenever they first appear to anyone, they announce, “Fear Not”.
Right now, people all over the world are trying to create fear as a means to control us. We have now gone as far as believing that the fear we are constantly led into by people and forces who know that our fear is our most real, natural and destructive force are politicians, media people, military commanders, mad scientists and yes, even a lot of church folks as well.
But The Light of the World comes now and like a child, fearless and believing in his goodness and yours as well, says: FEAR NOT for I am with you in all places and at all times and my work is to light a clear path for you for every step of your life.
And Lo, this Christmas, we will have a full Moon to light the night sky to remind us that God’s love, even when reflected by other people, as the Moon reflects the Sun’s light, is reason enough to follow the path The Christ is creating for each of us. Peace is the one thing that all 8 billion of us want more than anything else. The Christ, the Light of the World, arrives in the dark to light our way to that peace. Give Him your fear and accept His Peace. Use the next 48 hours to experience pure and simple peace. What If It Really Works?