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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for December 23, 2007 

              "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" - Dr. Seuss

Western Christians first celebrated Christmas on December 25 in 336, after the Roman Emperor Constantine declared Christianity the empire's favored religion.  From this point in history forward, Christianity began its descent into the abyss of the love of power ... over the power of Love.  Misrepresenting the birth date of Jesus was just another one of the fairytales that Catholicism and Christianity created as traditions of their faiths.  I believe it is a good and wonderful thing to celebrate the life and teachings of Jesus ... and just as religion does not have an exclusive on God, neither does Catholicism and Christianity have an exclusive on the Master Mind Jesus.

     I celebrate the Mystical Jesus, because He revealed to us that God has imparted a "finite" part of Its "Infinite" Spirit in each of us.  He demonstrated what He taught and gave us evidence of the Truth of Absolute Principle.  And so we can say as did the early mystics, "in the Spirit, I live and move and have my being" ... and "in me, Spirit lives and seeks to express Itself through me, as me, and for me."  Like no other before Him or after Him, the Master Mind Jesus demonstrated this as the Truth of our Being.  His teaching through the use of parables, made the Law of God, so simple that even children could understand it.  He taught the world that God's Infinite Love is for everyone ... "no respecter of persons."  We are all part of God's Infinite Life ... expressing through all living things.  

     The Mystical Jesus' question, "don't ye know that ye are gods?" ... has yet to be fully answered, for our quest to find God within has been hindered by religion's quest to keep God separate and apart from us.  And in so doing, have separated us from each other.  Religious intolerance continues to permeate the race consciousness as religions use fear to gain faith for religion at the expense of our faith in God and God alone.  Jesus taught, "you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."  By and large, religions don't want us to worship God in freedom ... but according to their man-made doctrines and opinions.  "They know every letter of the law, but have no love in their hearts," Jesus stated this to an ancient culture ... but His words are just as true of many of our religious leaders today throughout the world.

     For most of us this is the darkest and coldest time of the year and what a great time to celebrate the "Light of the World" ... that "spark of the Divine" within each of us as revealed by the Glorious Jesus.  It is a time for gift giving and exchanging, singing of songs, Holiday parties and bright lights and Santa Claus.  Many of the things that we do to celebrate Christmas have little to do with the birth of Jesus, but have been added to the celebration throughout history.  Decorating a tree with ornaments and bright lights, gift giving, Santa Claus, Elves and reindeer ... had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.  But for most of us, these activities and Holiday Characters, bring a greater sense of joy and love into our lives.   All of these ideas originated in Creative Mind, and as they were accepted and created in the physical, each of them serve a purpose aligned with Infinite Love ... the giving-ness of Itself through Its Creation to Its Creation. 

     The Spirit of Christmas ... is the "Christ" within us ... the In-Dwelling Presence of Infinite Love, expressing through our hearts and minds as we give and be given to.  This spirit of joy and love is authentic within us .... for It is the "likeness" of God within us.  The Mystical Jesus embodied this awareness and evidenced it when He declared, "The Father and I are One" ... and this "I" within you and me are One with the Father too ... and also One with each other.  This "infinite I" binds us to God and to each other.  Although this is the Truth, it was a very bold statement for Jesus to make ... but He knew that the "Power of Love was greater than those who worshiped the love of power" and filled with the Power of Love, He was fearless.

Jesus' ministry lasted only a short three years.  The world was not ready to accept His teachings then ... and as a world, we are still struggling to live to His Consciousness of Love today.  "Love one another" ... He said, knowing that as we do we are expressing Infinite Love, God ... more fully.  Beginning with Christmas, let's make a commitment to share more of the Love we have within us ... hug someone who will be surprised by your hug ... express gratitude to the grocery clerk for handling your groceries ... share the Love that the Infinite gives us so freely to express every day ... and this will perhaps make Christmas mean a little bit more.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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