“Let Us Celebrate Christmas on Behalf of Heaven”

Painting: The Angel Concert and Nativity Isemheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald, c. 1475-1528

Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Former Church Headquarters
Chung Pa Dong
Seoul, Korea

Reading: Luke 2:1

By virtue of Jesus’ birth, the providential will that God had been working to fulfill for the 4,000 years since Adam had come to pass. Moreover, we can also say that the wish of our ancestors in the history of the dispensation of restoration since the fall of Adam was also realized through Jesus’ birth. We must think again about the fact that Jesus’ birth was the moment when both the will of God and the will of humanity were accomplished.

Since the birth of Jesus, 2,000 long years of history have passed. Now we feel we are living in the same kind of historic, universal and intense period as the time when Jesus was born 2,000 years ago, when the will of God and the will of humanity were realized.

The Meaning of the Birth of Jesus

Although Jesus was born in the small, bloody body of a baby, he was the incarnation who could represent the Will of God. His crying voice and movements represented God’s grief of 4,000 years. They manifested the pattern of all the things that God tried to carry out on the earth. They expressed the sorrow suffered during the 4,000-year course of history when indemnity was being paid for the sins of humanity. Therefore, through his birth, we could usher in a scene of joy when a new history of goodness began.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

To all of our brothers and sisters around the world, Merry Christmas! Every year on December 25, more than two billion people celebrate Christmas globally — a time-honored Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. 

True Parents, who have continued the work of the Messiah, long shared the dispensational importance of Jesus and Christianity in God’s providence. In his speech, “The True Meaning of Christmas,” True Father highlighted the historical significance of Jesus’s enduring love and sacrifice, which brought the spiritual salvation of humanity, and what it means to truly celebrate Christmas.

Below is an excerpt from True Father’s (Sun Myung Moon) timeless message, delivered Dec. 25, 1979 at the World Mission Center.

Christmas is truly the celebration of the birth of God’s son, but without knowing God’s purpose for sending him there cannot truly be a celebration of Christmas… If something is logical then it should be consistent from beginning to end. Christianity today is a worldwide religion which has prospered for 2,000 years, yet today it is entangled in confusion and chaos. Why? 

Because the beginning and end of today’s Christian thought are not consistent. Look at the contradictions in Christian thought and Christian practice: Jesus came to build one world, but contrary to Jesus’s will there are now several hundred denominations dividing Christianity and greater division has been brought about. No matter how people try, they cannot justify this…

It was because the people did not accept Jesus that the crucifixion, which was contrary to God’s Will, came about… God’s desire is to have one world and so Jesus came to bring unity. But some Christians ignore this because they are more concerned with maintaining the power of their own denomination. When they disregard God’s ideal and promote their own, they are acting like traitors…

We need a Messiah because we want to have God-centered love, and only the Messiah can give us that love. Jesus needed to eat and sleep like everyone else, but Jesus led a life that God could rejoice over; that was the difference. We need Jesus in order to learn his way of life, so that we can inherit the tradition of unstained heavenly love. In order to do that we have to follow his way of life…

People are celebrating the wrong kind of Christmas… We are handpicked by God to vindicate Jesus and liberate the heart of God by accomplishing what Jesus left undone… No other people are truly responding to the call of God. We are given the divine mission which no one else is undertaking. There is nothing greater or more important to God and Jesus and mankind than establishing the tradition of God’s love. 

Christmas Day is the perfect day for repentance, for checking how much you have truly lived as Jesus’s representative and loved the world as he did. We are the only people inheriting the true tradition of Christmas which God conceived in His heart. The true meaning of Christmas is the tradition of the true love of God.

The perfect gift for anyone this season, you can learn more about True Parents’ life in True Father’s autobiography available here and True Mother’s memoir here.

Source: FFWPU USA, accessed 23/12/2021; Sun Myung Moon, The True Meaning of Christmas, World Mission Center (Manhattan: NY, USA), 25 December, 1979.