Thoughts about Christmas
Christmas is a week from tomorrow. When I was growing up, I loved Christmas, well mainly Santa Claus. The Christmas story itself became a blur after awhile. Same old story every year. Baby Jesus was born and laid in a manger. Three wise men brought frankincense and myrrh. Thinking about my list for Santa Claus was a lot more fun to think about.
I don’t know what age I was when I had the deepest desire to go beyond the same old Christmas story. I had a thirst to dig deeper and the sermons at church weren’t filling that void. [
I think I was about four when I first starting seeing the spirit of Jesus in my room at night. I was so afraid of life when I was growing up and his spirit always calmed me down. My grandma had an enormous picture of him hanging on the wall at the bottom of the stairs and I would sit on those stairs and stare at him for the longest time whenever I went to her house. What was it about him that I craved to know? Whenever I asked the adults to tell me about Jesus, I heard the same story. He was the only son of God who came and died for our sins because we’re such sinners.
That was a crappy story. It made NO sense to me at all so as far back as I can remember, I was even asking Santa Claus for books about Jesus! This quest started early and has never left me. If you could see my book shelves, they are all different people’s opinion about Jesus.
While all of this intellectual detective work was going on, he continued to appear to me and beautiful, helpful thoughts would come into my head. We are all sons and daughters of God, he is not the only one. He didn’t come to die for our sins because we aren’t sinners. We come from God which means our souls are perfect when first created. God does not create all this drama in our lives. God is who we turn to when we are going through tough times. When someone dies, it is not because God wants to take our loved ones away from us. It’s because they’ve come to the end of their life plan. His actual birthday is April 12th, not December 25th. His real name was Yeshua ben Yoseph. (Jesus son of Joseph. At the time of his death, his soul left his physical body so he did not suffer like so many had hoped. He was a highly evolved soul who knew his path had come to an end. There was nothing more he could have done. His ministry had ended.
Of course I didn’t know if I could trust these thoughts when they came in because religion was telling us a different story and why would they teach us things that weren’t true? There was an internal struggle going on that was clearly religion versus spirituality. My thirst was so strong for the truth that I had to make the decision to follow my spiritual journey and let go of religious teachings which was scary in the beginning. Those religious teachings are very strong. We’ve been raised with them our whole lives.
I could go on and on with info on how I got to where I am today, but I’m trying to keep this short. It’s about the Christmas story, not my spiritual quest. Jesus did not come to start a new religion. He did not come to be idolized. He came to teach us so many beautiful things about ourselves and God. Do you know his last name is not Christ? He is Jesus, the Christ, who came to teach everyone that we have the Christ energy within us. That’s our divine self. Do you know that Gods voice is your intuition? Do you know you can have a direct conversation with God anytime you want? It’s not limited to Sunday’s at church as so many think.
This whole story of Mary being a virgin who got pregnant from the Holy Spirit and poor Joseph had to trust she was telling the truth is a fabricated story according to Jesus. Last night on our podcast we had retired Pastor Tim Tengblad as our guest and he told us there are many stories of men in history who claim their mothers were virgins and got pregnant by the Holy Spirit which I guess means they’re special???? The more I’ve studied all of this, the more I’ve seen how many of these stories are pure fantasy.
The real Christmas story should be about this wonderful soul who took on the job of coming here and teaching us truths about ourselves and God because things had gotten so out of hand. Lots of superstitions and false beliefs from one generation to the next. Things were pretty much out of control and we needed some serious guidance. He was our way shower. He was loving and kind, with a great sense of humor. He had the deepest desire to free us from the negativity we were being taught about ourselves. Remember that these stories happened two thousand years ago and the consciousness of people was very different than it is today. Do we need to cling to the words of these stories and live by them now, two thousand years later? What happened two thousand years ago is in the past. Today is what we’re dealing with and as far as I’m concerned the only things in the Bible that are important today is the teachings of Jesus which unfortunately are skewed as well. Am I saying don’t read the Bible? NO. One of the gifts God gave all of us is the Gift of Discernment. Use that gift when reading the Bible. Ask God to show you the truth of the stories and how they apply to you today.
We have a lot to celebrate at Christmas time. We are alive. We have amazing potential to be whatever we feel guided to be. If you have the same desire within you to know what Jesus really taught us, I highly recommend reading any of the Gina Lake books. She is a phenomenal channel for Jesus. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have this Christmas or the people you have lost, how about focusing on the people still here to love and all that you have right in front of you. It’s all about how we look at our lives so let’s all look for the good, and you’ll find the goodness that Jesus talks about.
Merry Christmas everyone.