Enter the Cave of the Nativity to witness the miracle. God becomes flesh! Jesus Christ enters the world, holy and vulnerable, filling the world with hope and light. Resting in the arms of Mary, embraced by the love of Joseph and yet already rejected by the world that had no room for Him in the Inn. “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” says the Lord. Matthew 11:6
A peaceful revolution begins as Jesus enters the world to reveal the Divine Way, the Divine Truth and the Divine Life.
God speaks about His Son Jesus in this way:
“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.” Isaiah 42: 1-4
Jesus brings peace and justice as He transforms the hearts of His people. Those who reject Him will not be transformed or realize their full potential because they have rejected the Deity Incarnate – JESUS CHRIST, Son of God.
The secret about the Cave of the Nativity is that it’s not just a place in Bethlehem where Jesus was born as a little baby over two thousand years ago. The Cave of the Nativity is the human heart that opens itself up and creates a humble, sincere place for Jesus to dwell. The nativity of Jesus in our hearts occurs only when we are ready to prepare room for God to live within us.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” Matthew 1:23
In the Cave of the Nativity, secluded, sheltered and enveloped in sacred silence, Jesus dwells. In the ‘secret place’ within you, Jesus wants to live and transform you, one day-at-a-time, into the person that He wants you to be. In an intimate communion with Jesus you will discover the secret that ‘self-actualization’ or the desire for ‘self-fulfillment’ requires a surrendering of ‘self’ to the Divine Will. Once we understand that our TRUE identity is rooted in our relationship with Jesus Christ, we will realize that fulfillment of that identity can only be accomplished in our unselfish devotion for the well being of others – i.e., an altruistic, charitable focus where God’s will prevails over all our choices. ‘Love is a choice that honours God!’
Enter into the Cave of the Nativity as you look deep inside yourself. What do you see? Do you see Jesus living within you?
Let us humble ourselves and acknowledge our profound need for God’s grace. Let us ask Jesus to help us give our hearts to Him in an even more powerful way so we can truly trust Him and please Him. Let us pray that Jesus will help us day-by-day to live up to His divine calling and let us open our hearts to people who are suffering and need our prayers and assistance.
Let us pray for an end to killing, vengeance and violence of all forms!
“Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil. Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?” 1 Peter 3: 11-13
What God wants from us is OBEDIENCE, but obedience in the absence of holy desire is very difficult. Holy desire is a deep longing to please God. It involves a complete surrender to God’s purpose being fulfilled in our day-to-day existence such that we are always striving to discern how to do God’s will.
For me holy desire was born at the foot of the Cross of Jesus. It has been more than a decade now that I have been stopping every day at 3pm, the time Jesus died for us, to remember the Passion of Christ. By walking the Way to Calvary every day, a longing for Jesus was born in my heart that I have never before known. As I meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, I discover not only who Jesus is for me but who I am as well. I am His! And He is my Saviour, my Lord, my God!
Join me and Christians all over the world who stop (if but for a few moments) at the Time Jesus died for us, 3pm (in our local time zones) to pray for all souls and remember the Passion of Christ. Notice how holy desire is ignited in your heart as you look upon Our Holy Lord pierced for our transgressions.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Let Jesus free you from the oppression of sin so that you can truly fulfill your potential as a precious child of God and disciple of Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your families!