“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
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
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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