The Nativity of Jesus Christ
Feast of Nativity 2002
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
Orthodox Christians gather every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with great joy. The world is different because of the birth of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ the Son of God took on human flesh and dwelt on earth.
Time is calculated according to the birth of Jesus Christ. Time is measured before and after Jesus's birth. The Psalms tell us to measure our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps.90:12) Wisdom comes from Jesus Christ. Wisdom is rooted in Jesus Christ.
Darkness fades in the brightness of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of St. John tells us Jesus Christ is the true Light illumining all (Jn. 1:9). Each Christmas, believers are renewed in Jesus Christ. Each the year the world is better because of the celebration of the nativity of Jesus Christ.
Many activities are associated with the birth of Jesus Christ. At the core of the celebration is the nativity the Christ-Child, the divine taking on human flesh.
Jesus Christ lifted humanity to new heights when taking on human flesh. Jesus Christ raised the hopes of humanity. Jesus Christ restored humanity by taking on human flesh.
When we think of the nativity of Jesus Christ, we cannot forget the Cross of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus's birth, we know that Herod ordered the killing of all male children under the age of two (Mt. 2:16). The shedding of innocent blood has a long history for Christians.
Today world peace is tenuous. In Kosovo, in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, the fragility of peace is fractured daily. Here in America, secure daily peace is being challenged.
Centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prophet Isaiah spoke of The Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God. Isaiah spoke of the child being born, of the son being given. Isaiah spoke of the increase of his government and the peace that would come (Is. 9:6-7).
Serious Orthodox believers find lasting peace in Jesus Christ. The nativity of Jesus Christ celebrated each year renews the sense of peace. The nativity of Jesus Christ celebrated each year refreshes the memories and redirects those who have strayed from the path of peace in their hearts and minds and lives.
Violence is not new in the world. Jesus Christ makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). The celebration of His nativity each year gives new order to the world and to the lives of those who follow Him.
This year let us look to the essence of the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Let us look to the birth of Jesus Christ, the divine taking on human flesh.
All the world is invited to share in the joy associated with the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, The Prince of Peace and the government shall be upon His shoulder. (Is. 9:6)