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Christmas on the Calvary and Crucifixion at Bethlehem
by ThresiaPaulose varghese
04/03/09
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“When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until

three in the afternoon.(Luke 15:33) It was the scene when

the Christmas( the great sacrifice of Christ +Mass ) on

the Calvary took place. In the other scene at Bethlehem,

in the midnight when the world was asleep, “the glory of

the Lord SHONE around them, and they were terrified”(Luke

2:9) It was the crucifixion of God occurred at Bethlehem.


Crucifixion at Bethlehem

In order to save the whole humanity, God sent His own son

into humanity. God humiliated Himself into the nothingness

of human and crucified His glory to the frail and weak

human nature. “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of

God, did not regard equality with God as something to be

exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a

slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in

human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the

point of death--even death on a cross.”(Philippians 2:6-8)

The birth of God in Bethlehem was nothing but the

crucifixion of God Himself for the salvation of the whole

humanity.


Christmas on the Calvary

“Father into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke23:46)

With these words the great Holy Mass of Christ was

fulfilled on the Calvary. The Lamb of God was offered on

the altar of Calvary fulfilling all the prophecies and

proving the greatest love of God for mankind.

It was on this Calvary that another birth takes place.

Humanity is born again as the free children of God. With

that greatest Christ Mass on the Calvary we were again

born as the children of God. As St. Paul writes to the

Romans we got the privilege to call God ‘Our Father’. “…

but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry ,

“Abba! Father!” It is that very Spirit bearing witness

with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans

8:15,16)


Calvary and Bethlehem Interconnected

We can find in so many ways how Calvary and Bethlehem are

interconnected. Both have many symbolic similarities. Both

of them lead us to the supreme sacrifice of our Lord Jesus

Christ. They are not mere incidents of history. Rather

they call us to a life of love and sacrifice. As Jesus

said, “the one who wants to follow me, let him take his

cross and follow me,” Jesus is going in front of us

showing the way for eternal life. Let us, therefore, make

both the celebrations -- Christmas on the Calvary and

Crucifixion at Bethlehem-- more meaningful.



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