So I got to thinking, What am I commemorating, celebrating, honoring this Christmas? The birth of the baby Jesus? Well, certainly to some degree. On Martin Luther King day, I honor Dr King. But, even more, I honor and celebrate what Dr King embodied— each individual’s right to be free. Similarly, this Christmas I’m celebrating what Jesus embodied and showed: that everyone can feel God’s closeness, love and influence. Feeling close to God is feeling the Christ. Christ is our innate understanding of God’s nowness, His influence in our lives, and Her forever love for us. Its the Christ that gives us this feeling of connectedness to God.
Jesus always felt plugged in to the Divine. Being with his Father was natural to him. He dedicated his life to bring this understanding, this Christ, to mankind. A God at-hand was new thinking. Before Jesus arrived, God was thought of as a far-away Being. But Jesus pounded home that the kingdom of God was at hand, or within oneself. And he proved it by bringing health and freedom to so many people.