The message of Christmas is a message of fulfillment. The time was right, and it came to be. Some factors at the time were more favorable than they ever had been or would be again for centuries. God’s will was, and is, for our well-being. And it was all by God’s plan. Let us never forget that, even though those are some clever catch-phrases sometimes used to disguise the ugly motivations of some people.
This is the beginning of the fulfillment, and more will be. In fact, it continues to this day.
The Gospel reading for this Sunday has a special “treat” for conspiracy theorists and those who want to explore history beyond what your teacher taught. When the religious leaders sent priests and Levites to ask John the Baptist who he was and what could be expected of him, John replied by telling them that one among them would come and be greater than him.
Does this tell us something more, including what happened to Jesus between the Finding In The Temple and his baptism by John?
Interestingly, the Pagan holiday of Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day. And in the Southern Hemisphere it coincides with Walpurgis Night. While there are those who would make accusations of copying holidays, we need to consider the likelihood that different people might be looking at the same thing from their own perspective.
The book of Revelation shows even more, with the inclusion beyond the elite 144,000. Beyond them, there was a group which nobody could number, in white robes and holding palms. So much for those who would like to make us feel defeated.
For some reason, this was a difficult service to do, including a physical illness and a few other things. But here it is, including some special prayers included for the benefit of those we love who have crossed over.
Here is one of the more over-interpreted Epistle readings, and the fact is that it is really very straightforward. For all of the extra “stuff” some might want to add, the answer is simply to use the protection you have been given to keep yourself from danger.
Understand that sin is really about, and you’ll understand. We don’t want to replace something that’s worth the effort with some “quickie” that only brings brief gratification.