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The Direct Teachings of Jesus Christ for each of us to use for our Lives
November 8, 2022
Jesus gave us a very intentional, direct, clear, and useful gift for us to use to be Christians and to lead our lives.
He gave us very direct instructions from Him for leading our lives.
The Bible contains a wide range of information about Christ, The Holy Spirit, and God, and a key part of that information is literally the Word of God — the specific set of things that Jesus Christ said we should each do in our lives to honor, love, and align ourselves with what we should each be doing as part of the gift of the Crucifixion and the personal direction of our own lives as Christians.
The overall information in the Bible about and from Jesus Christ has context information, history, observations from other believers and followers about his activities, and his teachings — and there is very directly embedded in that learning for our use a number of directions that are directly from Jesus Christ about what He both wants and expects us to do as Christians to lead Christian lives.
We have quotes and statements that are directly from Jesus in the Bible about those points, issues, expected behaviors and beliefs.
That information from His direct quotes and His personal statements stands alone as the single most credible and most useful part of the entire learning process that we can understand with directional focus and with a high level of clarity because it tells us exactly what Jesus Christ expects us to do, and those words have survived all of the versions of the Bible because it has that purpose and that clear intent.
He was intentionally very clear about his intent and his reasons for giving us that information.
False prophets are a very real threat and danger.
He warned us repeatedly and clearly to beware of false prophets. He said the false prophets would mislead us in clever and deceptive ways, and he said the false prophets would use various sources — including the scriptures and other seemingly credible sources — to have us do things that are the wrong things to do and to feel very legitimate and justified in doing those things.
He even mentions the false prophets in the Sermon on the Mount — and that mention and that clear warning in that extremely important message about what Christ wants us to do should be understood by us to mean that people would try to get us to do behaviors that were wrong and even evil and if anyone tell us to do something that violates what He just very clearly told us to do in that message in that Sermon — they are false prophets and they should be resisted and rejected with a high sense of comfort that the messaging from them was wrong and even evil if it contradicts what our own hearts and our own personal judgement says violates and contradicts what Christ directly told us to do, and to believe in that direct message from Jesus and have it protect us from the false teachings of the false prophets.
We have conscious minds and free will. We are being asked to be thinkers and believers and to make our own decisions and not to be behavioral clones and functionally obedient and unchallenging followers of rote messages and wrong directions from misleading sources as true Christians.
Christ died for us on the Cross as a very human person as his way of combining the Triune God reality with his role and status as a human who was willing and able to be fully involved and connected at the most complete and painful level with us and our world. The New Testament of the Bible tells that story, explains the process, and puts it into a full context for us to understand — and the New Testament is clearly our single most useful teaching tool for us as Christians and believers to use.
Jesus Christ took that opportunity and that context to tell us directly what he hopes and wants us to do through his words and through those sections of the Bible. He inserted sections and pieces into that Bible story that are his direct words as our teacher for our own beliefs and for our own actions as people.
We should look at what he directly told us to do — and then that is what we should do in order to be actual and functional Christians in the world we are living in today.
He gave us The Lord’s Prayer as a best prayer and he told us to pray it regularly.
He said —
“When you pray, say:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us now into temptation,
But deliver us from Evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power and the glory,
For ever and ever.
The messages in that prayer given to us directly by Jesus are clear and direct and inclusive and give us a good context for our world. Each version of the Bible has their own variation of that prayer and we can conclude that we can each take the version we like best for our own sense of blessing and our own sense of truth and we can use it in our own lives to be the right fit for us.
It can be and is good to pray that prayer together to create a sense of alignment as believers and as Christians.
We have each been blessed with our own wisdom and with our own learning processes, and we need to get a strong sense of what feels true to each of us and to follow that truth for our own lives.
Jesus Christ values truth. The truth is important. We are expected to be true, to believe in true things and to tell and speak the truth. He actually feels so strongly about the Truth that he believes taking an oath to assert that something is true is both unnecessary and a possible pathway to aligning with Satan because our word should be our bond and no one should have to do oaths beyond just saying what it true.
He also calls for treating everyone with the highest level of consideration.
As Jesus said:
"I say to those who hear, love your enemies, do good things to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
“To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
“Give to everyone who begs from you, and from the one who takes away your goods, do not demand them back.
“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
“And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.
“But love your enemies and do good and expect nothing in return, and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most-High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged.
“Condemn not, and you will not be condemned.
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you.
“Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, it will be put back into your lap.
“For the measure you use will be measured back to you.”
The Bible tells us — Christ lifted up his eyes to his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man.
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for behold your reward is great in Heaven; so their fathers did to the prophets.”
Christ took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you is the one who is great.”
John said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he does not follow with us.”
But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.”
The Bible says that a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test and said “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He asked Jesus if the answer was, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your strength and with all of your mind and your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus said, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”
And then Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to reinforce the point.
A man was damaged by robbers who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him, the Bible and parable tells us, half dead.
Jesus said that two people who were pillars of the community passed him by and they crossed to the other side of the road in passing him.
Jesus said that, “A Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.”
Jesus said, “He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
“Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying Take Care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.”
So Jesus asked the lawyer, “Which of these three, do you think, proved a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”
And Jesus said to him, “You go and do likewise.”
That was a very clear message and it came directly from Jesus.
The full message of Jesus in the New Testament has multiple parables and historical stories and contextual grounding for us to use in our own faith. He makes some points very clearly in what are obviously intentional learning messages for us as Christians.
Jesus is clear that we should honor the context of the Old Testament — including the creation story and the Ten Commandments — as underpinnings and background for the world we are in now.
He is also clear that we should not find ourselves in the trap of having to live with the full set of old rules and the functional guidance of the Old Testament for the basic decisions of our lives and makes it clear that we each are formed in the Image of God and we are each able to make direct and individual decisions in the context of our lives that fit our lives now that the crucifixion has happened and given us all that role of making those kinds of decisions for ourselves.
SCIENCE IS OBVIOUSLY A GIFT FROM GOD
We have had an explosion of science to help us live our lives and we should use that science in effective ways to be Christian stewards of our world.
We now know that the universe is far more than 6,000 years old as some of the first theologians speculated and we now know that the universe is made up of an amazing variety of components that our new physics and our new biology are unfolding for us at an exploding and accelerating pace.
The beautiful and complex formulas of quantum physics have all proven to be accurate and functional in spite of some sense that some of them might be wrong or impossible, and the brilliant physicists doing that work tend to have an appreciation of the magnificent math and the rules that have been given to us for a context for our world.
We have amazing brains. We start there. We each have about the same number of neuron connections in our brains as there are stars in a typical galaxy. We literally have billions of neurons connecting in our brains and they are giving us amazing insights into the world we are in through the lens of quantum physics, quantum biology, and even layers and patterns of quantum sociobiology that gives us the context for our lives and our sense of who we are and what is possible for us.
It’s all very clearly gifts from God.
There are patterns everywhere and we are learning to use them.
We have brilliant and eager minds uncovering the beautiful, elegant and unchallenged pure mathematics of quantum physics at layers that let us build computers, lasers, connectivity technology, and potentially damaging explosive devices that require us to get control over the most dangerous levels of our tribal instincts to keep us from destroying each other in fits of destructive inter group anger using those tools.
We have patterns of instinctive inter group behavior that allows us to form positive communities that support themselves and each other and we have the ability to separate our world into Us and Them and do extremely destructive and evil things to whomever we perceive to be Them in any setting.
EVIL HAPPENS IN CONFLICTED SETTINGS
We suspend conscience and do extremely evil things to Them. We enslave them, murder them, lie to them, discriminate intentionally and even commit genocide against whoever we believe is Them in a setting. There are more than 130 ethnic wars happening in the world today and we have people in every setting who feel like they are heroes for their group when they damage Them.
We have patterns of formulas in physics that guide our science with great power and impact in that space and we have extreme levels of clearly intentional and intended programing and patterns for our DNA and RNA that give us great and growing power over what can now be done in that space, and we clearly have the ability to have the basic patterns of instinctive behaviors that exist for our groups as humans to take those inter group tools and to kill each other with those tools and to feel no guilt for the killing.
ISIS took those instincts to extreme levels and did great evil to many people and even flew a faith-based banner over many of those behaviors. They could have not had lower levels of ethics and human respect and compassion in those settings and the people swept up in being ISIS disciples and ISIS cult members felt entirely legitimate and justified and even appropriately empowered and entitled in cutting off the heads of people in public settings who disagreed with their tribal culture for those behaviors in those settings.
We Americans have the same instincts. We have been blessed by God in having a nation that has had the highest Christian values for most of our history at the same time that we have had nasty and painful discrimination, extensive inequities, and intentional inter group prejudice, damage and violence for too many of our people. We need to look at that entire history and understand it all and we need to build now on the best values and the best ethics and the best behaviors available to us as a people if we want to take this new set of extremely powerful tools we have and turn them into the best futures and the best trajectories for our children and our grandchildren and for ourselves.
We have people here now trying to take us down very different roads.
Jesus Christ warned us clearly and more than once about identifying and resisting false prophets who lead us to do evil things.
We need to look clearly at what he told us to do and we need to each know that when someone is pushing us to do something that does not fit the Sermon on the Mount, that clearly is not what Christ would want us to do and we need to call that huge difference out and we need to not do those wrong behaviors here in our lives and our communities to ourselves and to each other.
Evil is in play in every ISIS setting. Absolute clear and real and relevant and current evil. Evil is also in play in every other tribal setting in the world that has people killing other people using the banner and the label of their tribe to kill whoever they perceive to be them.
Syria has fire bombs falling on civilians. Those fire bombs are never dropped by a tribe on itself. The Alawites have dropped those bombs on other tribes in that country and they feel no guilt for having hospitals from the other groups burn to the ground.
The Alawites are in trouble themselves for the future because they have done so much damage to the other tribes in their area that the likelihood of severe retribution is extremely high if those other tribes ever have the chance to revenge all of their damage and to avenge their pain.
We need to understand all of those instincts in all of those settings and we need to build functional and practical solution sets that do like Switzerland has done and give each of the warring groups their own language dominant space and their own cultural and tribal turf.
Switzerland has their Cantons that fill that function and they work well because they are aligned with our full sets of inter group instincts as a basic level.
Czechoslovakia has gone down a similar path of separating their tribes — and many fewer people are dying there and hating each other there with those instincts currently not causing people across the new ethnic group boundaries to damage other people from the other group in those settings.
Our human behavior patterns are just as predictable and as obvious as the other conscious beings we share this planet with. We have territorial instincts and we have hierarchical instincts in each group that give us people in Alpha positions everywhere. Nations face great stress when they even go through brief periods of time when the local alpha status for the setting is unclear.
People who achieve alpha status in any settings — group, national, community, corporation or union, clan or even family — enjoy that status and they tend to want to hang on to that status as long as possible. Kings seldom retire. The alpha lion in a lion pride will fight without hesitation or thought and often to the death if their alpha status is challenged.
The truth is that alpha status tends to be enjoyed by whoever holds it — even in family or community settings — and most nations of the world still designate heads of families to be alpha for their family settings and those people feel very entitled to do what they need to do to hang on to that status and power whenever they have it.
“Head of Family” was actually an identity category on the official US census forms until fairly recently.
People with alpha status often steer their own groups into conflicts with other groups to increase their own power and to expand their sense of support from their own group.
When Jesus Christ left his own first thirty learning and melding years spent at home with his family and when he went into the wilderness for a 40-day adjustment and transition time before going on to his mission, the Devil tempted him and the first temptation of Satan was to show Jesus all the nations of the world and to literally, directly and explicitly offer Jesus the alpha power position for them all.
Satan said at that point in the process that he controlled them all and could offer them all to Christ if Christ would, in turn, accept Satan as his lord.
Christ said no — but it says a lot about human nature and about the human condition that position of actually being Alpha in every nation was so attractive to us at an instinctive human level that it was Satan’s first offer to tempt Jesus in his human role here.
We need to understand the risks we face with those sets of instincts in gear as a nation.
We need to look at our own country now to figure out the best pathways to a future of Peace and safety and success and we need to understand those instincts and the dangers they create as we go down that path and the opportunities we create if we become Us rather than them.
We should not have our Christian Churches fighting with one another in any way at this point in our history. We need to ask every Christian who has a group leader who wants to activate anger and go to war now with other Christians to have the group leader explain to us how being at War and in conflict with other Christians at any level fits any of the direct teachings of Christ.
We need the Peace that passes all understanding to unite us as Christians and to not divide us in any way.
WE SHOULD ALSO OFFER THE NEW BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TO ATHEISTS AS A PATHWAY TO EXPANDED APPRECIATION
We should also reach out at this point in the development of the new levels of science to our atheist friends. We need a new context for those conversations.
We need to offer this science based and integrated interaction context for believing in God rather than having the people with those beliefs continue to look only at the often problematic versions of anti-scientific belief that they have been focused on and obsessed with for often legitimate historical inter group reasons that we need to get past now.
Our new beliefs aren’t actually in the vein of being opposed to evolution as a branch of science that they believed wanted to damage atheists rather than convert them. We need to offer the new integrated and interactive life sciences as a way of thinking about God or the universe because we now have with a melding of quantum physics, quantum biology, quantum sociobiology, and instinctive behaviors into a creation fabric and package that includes all of the pieces created by God into the new science that melds and includes and uses it all, and also reflects the role of conscious and intellectually involved humans as sometimes brilliant stewards of that process.
It is interesting that when we take the classic six-day Genesis creation story, the days are clearly not pure calendar days but the quantum physics we now know fits the energy level sequences of that week fairly well and when we get to life and biology and when we look at we now see as environmentally responsive programing and universally conscious epigenetic science that seems to be the best science currently available to us, the timing in the Genesis sequence for human life being created at the final moments of the final day after every other form of life has been put in place actually fits the functional pattern of evolution and our timing as a species that we now see to be in place.
That timing of us being created late on that last day currently fits our timing of humans being created late in the last day in that process far better than any of the classic Darwinian models and it helps the earlier evolution science academics who have had to scramble to explain how we humans had somehow evolved so many complicated things as a package without any obvious historical record or trace of that piece of evolution happening for us in our current time frame.
The pure atheists might find the new biological science that we have now both reassuring and somewhat familiar as they consider moving from one clearly faith based system to another, and as they find that many of Darwin’s brilliant observations do fit part of the what we now know to be the new epigenetically programed evolution model that actually exists extremely well and that total package, with the new CRISPER RNA modification tool in existence giving us a context for understanding some parts of the evolution process far better than we have understood it before.
Darwin should continue to be respected and not disparaged for that set of work. We also need to recognize that if Darwin, himself, had known that the human cell had 25 million programed enzymes, he would have understood that the selection process for species change would need a different trigger than pure relative reproduction success for each individual and for random mutation in order to succeed as an overall process and to give us the wonderful array of interactive living things that surround us today.
It is clear from the new life science that every living cell and living being has a consciousness component to it that makes it alive — and we now know from multiple studies that there is a communication process that connects and takes us to the point where we know that bacteria respond to the conscious relevance of other bacteria in obvious and mutually supportive ways. Those connections between conscious beings create the RNA linked architectural interactions between species that give us butterfly wings that match the colors of flowers and leaves in clearly collaborative ways.
Those interacting linkages between conscious organisms at the level of bacteria also have parallels in the communications in the virus world that allow Covid to mutate in the most effective ways to survive as a species. None of the classic Darwinian processes have the time or opportunity to respond with those sets of mutation levels and it takes a level of conscious connections between viruses to cause the current sets of mutations to happen in the successful ways that we have seen.
We need to better understand that mutation process so we can both steer it and survive it as it evolves into a new flu like organism that can infect us every year if it gets to a version of itself that is less deadly than the earlier versions of the Covid virus.
All of those capabilities and those life conserving connections are a gift to life from God and when they are linked to the Covid virus, we need to steer our own path down those realities and capabilities to understand what is happening and to survive as people and to function as Christians in this time, place and setting.
That entire biological tool kit was engineered by God as part of the creation process that ended up with Us being here and being Christian if we choose to accept that status for our lives and we need to use the new RNA modification tools intelligently and intentionally as part of the next generation of science for us as a people.
So, what do we do now as Christians with this information and this context at the point in time where we are today?
WE NEED TO ALIGN AS CHRISTIANS AND CREATE PEACE
First, we need to steer ourselves to a future of safety and Peace for our country and for our churches for ourselves in a Christian way that clearly and directly follows the teachings of Jesus Christ at the most basic levels.
We are very much at risk today in our settings.
We could damage ourselves badly at this point in time.
As Christians, we can and should look at the values that Jesus Christ wanted us to have in our behaviors and actions and we should choose to accept the Love of Christ and the Crucifixion as the link for us with God that is right for us in our own lives today and we should use our new tools to create and sustain Peace and not conflict.
We should be good Christians.
We should build the Communion process into our interactions with one another as a sacred and holy trust with the bread that Christ came down from heaven and that should be part of the Christian bonding in the love of Christ.
We need to honor and value and celebrate our sacred and holy gathering processes as part of our beliefs and use them to strengthen our own beliefs and behaviors.
Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem when he personally drove the money changers and the commercial interests who sold anything there from the Temple and Jesus said that the house of God should be a house of prayer and used only for holy things in the worship of God.
We should have our own gatherings as Christians in that context.
We should also be accepting.
LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE
When the people who ran the temple brought a woman who had been caught in adultery to the temple and placed her in the midst of everyone, they said to Jesus, “In the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
Jesus gave them some time while he wrote with his finger on the ground and then stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
And then he wrote again on the ground while they considered their response.
And when they heard his response, the Bible says, “They went away one by one, beginning with the older ones.”
And Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him. And He stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you.”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, sin no more.”
Our message from that parable could not be more clear — and we need to share it with all Christians as part of being Christians today and making decisions about each other and about the world we live in. We are being called to a pattern of behavior that has us each appreciating the wisdom and the value of not casting the first stone.
The Bible at that point says, in the direct words of Jesus Christ, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
It also says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Christ also very clearly said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”
He directly, explicitly and clearly said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep.
“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
“For this reason, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I might take it up again.
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it up again.
This charge I have received from my Father.”
That point about being aligned with good shepherding is made many times in the Bible and is clear when we choose to hear it and use if for our interactions with one another.
“Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me shall not remain in darkness.
“And if anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him — for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.”
Just before going to his crucifixion, Christ said:
“Where I am going, you cannot come.
“A new commandment I give you. That you love one another; just as I have loved you, you are to love one another.
“By this people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
That’s the clear guideline for anyone who wants to be part of a shared Christian faith, group, or belief system with a clear message for each believer to be accepting of each other believer. We should love and accept one another and create settings where that happens in direct and effective ways.
Christ earned our loving and supportive behavior in that space by doing exactly that for all of us and for being willing to Die to give us that gift of complete alignment.
Being crucified was a horrible thing. It was extremely painful and extremely difficult to do and Jesus knew how bad it would be before it happened.
Christ asked that it be removed from his world — and didn’t wait for an answer or repeat the question because He knew that his life here had to have that very human experience and that very human and painful ending to make it complete and all worth doing.
He said directly that his soul and mind was troubled by that experience and process and upcoming event. He said those words actually on the Cross.
“What shall I say — Father save me from this hour?”
“But for this purpose, I have come to this Hour.”
“Father, glorify thy Name.”
Then a voice came from Heaven:
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
And Jesus said then to his followers:
“While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.”
He was very clearly and fully human at the point in his life. The Bible tells us that Mary Magdalene bought a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard and just before he was crucified, she used it and anointed the feet of Jesus and she then wiped his feet with her hair.
She gave his feet a grateful and appreciative rubbing and massage and Christ said that particular act of kindness and that direct gratitude to him as a person in that exact moment was so good and so right that that act of love also ought to be remembered forever as part of the process.
We tend not to mention that moment and that care for his feet when we talk about the crucifixion, but his reaction tells us that he personally appreciated being appreciated and valued in that very direct way and in that exact moment — and we should probably do what he asked us to do and we should probably remember that loving and caring act at that very personally involved and high impact time forever and understand why it was important to Jesus.
We have a role as Christians to play at this point in history.
WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE MAGNIFICENT GIFTS WE HAVE TO KNOW AND USE
We need, as Christians, to look at and understand and appreciate the full array of amazing gifts we have as people today on this planet and in our lives. It is obvious that physics exists as an intricate and elegant and extremely powerful set of tools for us to enjoy and use the beautiful Eden we have as a planet.
The intricate and powerful formulas and mathematics that drive the lasers and the quarks are clearly all designed, built, and given to us as gifts for our use and our brilliant and insightful physicists continue to unwrap and unveil them for our use.
Life, itself, is clearly anchored on the RNA and the DNA coding and structure that we have also been given as part of the life, itself, gift package and we now know that those structures have millions and billions of component and interlocking and even conscious parts that could not have happened on their own.
We now know that the quantum physics and quantum biology and quantum science gives us photosynthesis and all of the evolutionary processes that include having some level of actual consciousness in every living being and that have various quantum physics synchronicity links that allows, enables and seems to enjoy the magnificent beauty of vast flocks of birds flying in glorious harmony and synchronicity for part of their lives in absolutely beautiful ways.
We live in a world of visual beauty and we need to both enjoy that beauty and protect it as part of our role as custodians of this Eden we call Earth.
God clearly enjoys beautiful things, and part of our role and purpose as people is to enjoy that beauty and even to create some of it. Music comes from us, and some levels of music have wonder, brilliance and clear joy embedded in them.
We are relevant to that entire process because Jesus Christ became Spirit, and God, and Human as an interlocking and wonderful event and process, and we have our own role with our free will that was given to us as part of who we are to both act in loving ways toward each other and to God, and to be the stewards of this piece of creation in a relevant, meaningful, and effective way.
To be Christian is important and relevant and personal — and it is both difficult and extremely easy to do depending on which aspects of being a Christian that we choose and celebrate.
Joy should be part of that process.
There should be a Joy in being Christian that is a defining part of who we are.
We are about to celebrate the Birth of Christ with Christmas as our reminder and our trigger for those parts of who we are.
Christmas should be a joyful time for us all because it celebrates the Birth of Christ and because it tees up an extremely important set of connections, events, and processes that lead us into the new year.
Let’s share this message of celebration with other Christians at Christmas and let’s celebrate the wonderful parts of that trajectory that are full of Joy for us all and let’s be together in our appreciation and process.
We should probably pray separately and together as part of that process.
Peaceful prayer is a good place to go and a good place to be to celebrate the holiday and the world we have around us, and we should pray both together and alone to be on that path and to be aligned with Jesus and with our faith on this Christmas day.
Let’s make this a year where Peace flows from that Peaceful and joyful celebration event and tees up hope and joy for us all.
It’s why we are here.
We owe it to the world at this time of great conflict and inter group anger as Christians to get this right.
As the Prayer that Jesus told us to pray every day says:
Forgive us our trespasses.
As we forgive those we trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
But deliver us from Evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.
For ever and ever.