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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for December 21, 2008 

                                        "When we are fully conscious of what we can do, there is no power in the universe that can prevent us.  The Christ story illustrates this.  When the time for the Christ to appear had come, the Inn seemed to be closed, and no home to receive him.  But an idea, whose time has come, must find its fulfillment.  The lowly manger became a shrine to glory, which completely transcended everything around it.  The most mundane expression is covered with light when the emphasis is placed upon the spiritual reality.  The Wise Men had to come from the four corners of the earth in adoration.  The mystics throughout the ages have known that nothing can hold back that which is their rightful heritage."  - Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, 1952 

               
"Here is the story of Hanukkah as it is taught to Jewish children: The Syrian king Antiochus demanded that the Jews in his dominion abandon their religion and worship the Greek gods. A small band of rebels, heroically led by Judah Maccabee, rose up against Antiochus's army and, against all odds, were victorious. They returned to the Temple in Jerusalem to find it desecrated, a pagan idol installed there. The holy lights were out, and there was only enough oil to last for one day. Then the miracle: the flame stayed lit for eight days, until new oil was found." ... "And there may be a message for the world in the Hanukkah story. If the Maccabees had not been victorious, would monotheism have survived? Would Christianity or Islam ever have come into being? Perhaps the Hanukkah story should be cause for celebration outside the Jewish community as well as within.
- Edgar M. Bronfman, 2008

      Light dispels darkness, and we know spiritually, Light is knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  And so we know why light as a symbol for spiritual enlightenment is found in Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations throughout the world.  Light festivals have become more and more prominent in our contemporary culture.  Jewish and Hindu people both celebrate a "Festival of Lights" but for different reasons.  And although there is controversy surrounding the Maccabees, Light Festivals and the Menorah continue to be prominent in Jewish culture.  Varies sects of the Christian faith also make use of lighting candles as part of the Christmas celebration; i.e. Candlelight Mass, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, etc.

     The Master Mind Jesus exclaimed, " I Am the Light of the World," and in this perfect affirmation we know that he meant that the Light of the I Am [G-d] was shining through his Soul as Truth, Power and Intelligence.  Being Jewish, and perhaps more educated than most in that era, Jesus was drawn to the Light of G-d as It represented Intelligence.  Throughout his teachings we see references to this Divine Light and he is quoted as saying: "
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." [Matthew 5:14-16]

     This is a time for celebration and participation in whatever events our particular spiritual or religious affiliations offer us.  For many of us, it is a time to become reacquainted with what these annual celebrations mean to us.  And for those who are so inclined, to study the Truth as it is woven through each of these holidays throughout history.  Each of us can find our own way of celebration, and perhaps even find new ways in which to heighten our appreciation of this mystical time of year.

    "Ye are the light of the world," the mystical Jesus declared, revealing to all of us that we are part of that Life, Truth and Spirit that permeates the Universe.  Let us be reminded during this holiday season that this light is that part of G-d within each of us.  This light can never be extinguished, for It is part of that Eternal Light of the Presence of G-d, always and forever expressing Itself through Life, world without end.  It is Intelligence, Power, and Life ... It is our guiding light ... directing us always to that which is for our highest and greatest Good.  It is our sufficiency in all things, always.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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