Christ is Born Again and Again – Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett
Generations of folks have, mistakenly I believe, thought that Christmas happens to us. Christmas happens by us, by the longing of our faith-filled hearts setting in motion a ripening toward spiritual birth and renewal.
The Christ that was Jesus’ divine identity is the same Christ that is our own true nature. Scripture gives many names/definitions to the Christ. The word “Christ” means the anointed one, heralded by the prophet Isaiah:
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners” Isaiah 61:1
Although Isaiah’s message was intended for Israel, that Israel be a beacon in a dark time, it is also for us—that we not only take these actions for others in the world around us but also metaphysically. Our affirmations report “good news” of our divine identity to our own brains; our hearts heal from a sense of separation, and we free ourselves of false ideas as we release our inner splendor.
Isaiah also decreed the coming of the Christ with these words:
“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; (the government) authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom”. Isaiah 9:6-7
Consider the personal meaning, to you, of spiritual authority (Power), counsel (Wisdom and Understanding), might (Power and Strength), the Prince of Peace (Love). These are our markers for our divine identity. They indicate that we are forever one with the Source, the Everlasting Father, and that all we need is within us.
Christ is forever being born by our bidding. Just as an infant comes through the birth canal when she/he is ready, our individual Christ consciousness comes through when it has readied. We bid it when we yearn for it and labor for it—by study and spiritual practices. This birth occurs, again and again, moment by moment. This is why we celebrate.
Joyful Christmas to you. – Rev. Linda