REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LET US CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
ON BEHALF OF HEAVEN
December 25, 1957
Chung Pa Dong Church
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.
When we think about how, due to one man, Jesus, the worries of God,
the worries of humanity throughout the course of history and the
worries of that time could all be gotten rid of, it is clear that
Jesus was truly an immense personality. We stand in awe of him.
However, in his time, there was no one who bowed before him with
utmost sincerity on behalf of the heart of the Father, the hearts of
all people and the countless prophets. You must feel indignant about
What kind of mind-set then is appropriate for those of us who have
gathered to celebrate this birthday of Jesus? We must be able to
represent the heart of the Father and the hearts of the countless
prophets who came throughout the course of history. Moreover, we must
feel the desire to offer a gift to baby Jesus on behalf of the hearts
of the chosen people, who longed for the promised day at that time and
yearned and prayed for the Messiah. You have to understand that only
then can we comfort God's heart and the hearts of the faithful
believers of that time. Though history has passed by, you can attain
the right to participate in the glory of the Father with the
qualifications of the chosen people in place of the Israelites.
Furthermore, you must offer gratitude with the feeling that the
birthday of Jesus is the day that all things in Heaven and earth can
express joy. It was the day of God's liberation from grief, as well as
the day that the wish of all people was brought to fulfillment. While
doing so, you must offer the gift you have prepared through your life
of faith, with a nervous heart. With the heart that represents the
heart of Father, the historical heart and the heart of the time, you
must bow before Jesus and congratulate him.
Let us then examine who worked and how hard they worked for the birth
of Jesus Christ. First, God worked for 4,000 years. Our ancestors,
many prophets, wise men and heroes also worked hard. Moreover, the
followers of Judaism, who represented the chosen people of the
Israelites, also toiled and offered their lives. Similarly, until the
birth of Jesus, you can find many hidden historical efforts that do
not seem to have any direct relationship to it.
That is not all. Jesus lived his thirty years of life after coming to
the earth. Since then, 2,000 dispensational years have passed for the
sake of the will of the heavenly principles. Here we can find the
historical grief of the past that existed before Jesus, as well as the
2,000-year history after Jesus that has been added to it.
The hope of Jesus, who was born for the sake of historical liberation,
the liberation of the period, and the liberation of the future, has
not reached fulfillment even now, 2,000 years later, because of the
mistakes of the people during his time. Therefore, the sorrow of the
2,000 years after the death of Jesus has been piled on top of the
sorrow of the 4,000-year history before his time.
God's True Intention for Having Jesus Come
What kind of mission do we bear on our shoulders today? We bear the
mission to alleviate the bitter grief of God which remains, even after
Jesus came and passed away. Likewise, we are living in an intense time
when we are faced with the will of God's dispensation of salvation for
the last time since the creation of the world.
In this moment of Christmas, if we are to express congratulations and
take the responsibility to return the grace of celebration to Heaven,
then we must embrace the heart of Jesus, who was concerned about this
world. We must embrace the heart of God, who felt concern as He guided
the dispensation for 6,000 years. We must build the altar of
celebration for the glorious birth that came into being for the sake
of the will of the dispensation. Otherwise, there is no way we can
manifest our value as people who have accomplished, on earth, the
glorious will in which God has been celebrating the birth of Jesus
Christ until now.
Moreover, we who have prostrated ourselves before the altar of the
Father must be able to represent the heart of Mary, who celebrated the
birth of Jesus before Heaven 2,000 years ago. At the same time, we
must go one step further and represent the blissful heart of God, who
allowed the birth of Jesus. We must represent the hopeful heart of the
prophets who worked hard for several thousand years until the time of
Jesus' birth and actualize their long-cherished will.
Similarly, we must feel the sorrowful heart of God, Mary, Joseph and
the shepherds at the moment when Jesus was born on earth as the one
who was prepared to liberate the historical heart of the whole. We
must feel the heart that agonizes over the fact that Jesus had to lie
in a horse manger. Making the preparations to greet Jesus, who is
coming with a new determination, we must step forward as the prepared
people of glory about whom God can be happy. Otherwise, you must
understand that Heaven's intention for having us celebrate Christmas
cannot be brought to pass.
Until now there were many people on earth, but it is not an
exaggeration to say that there was no one who truly celebrated the
birth of Jesus Christ, the one who came with the mission to fulfill
the whole will of God's dispensation. What kind of mind-set then must
we have today? We must be able to represent the heart of God. We must
be able to represent the hearts of the many millions of believers,
heavenly soldiers and angels in Heaven. We must cultivate the
resolution and sense of responsibility to put to rest all the
bitterness and grief of God for Jesus. Similarly, if we do not offer
bows of congratulations with a heart that prepares for the day of hope
that will come in the future, then the hope of God will end with us.
It will not be transmitted to our descendants. You have to clearly
Although, at the time of Jesus, all the people looked upon Christ,
they did not think about the will of the dispensation that would
unfold after Christ. Although they watched the birth of Jesus, they
did not think about the will of God that would come about after his
Therefore, although it is good to celebrate the birth of Jesus from
the position of the Israelites, it is better to celebrate his birthday
by figuring into the picture the will of the dispensation after the
coming of Jesus; in other words, by substantially understanding the
whole value of Jesus.
The birth of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago begot the result of
increasing the sorrow and grief, because of the faithlessness of the
followers of Judaism. What must we do today to alleviate all this on
behalf of the 6,000-year history? We must become the prepared
incarnations who can remove all historical sorrow. Furthermore, we
must also become connected to the heart of Jesus who is to come. Only
then can the significance of our celebrating the birth of Jesus go
beyond us and become linked with the eternal, historical ideology of
The Believers of Judaism Did Not
Understand the Will of God
As you can see, although God wanted to be congratulated for the birth
of Christ, He did not want to be congratulated only in the present
moment. He wants someone who possesses the ideology that can pierce
through the past, the present and the future to offer congratulations
with a heart that can relate with His heart.
What kind of people then should you be? You must become people who can
represent the heart of God, Who toiled for the birth of Christ.
Moreover, you must represent the hearts of the prophets and patriots
who came before Jesus and have been exerting themselves in the spirit
world since then.
How then must God's heart have been as He looked down upon the birth
of Jesus? Angels prophesied the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, but
there was no earthly person who prophesied the birth of Christ. This
was God's sorrow. If there had been people who watched the birth of
Jesus and proclaimed it as the advent of the Messiah in place of the
angels then, then, just as there was celebration of the birth of Jesus
in Heaven, the same celebration could have taken place on earth. On
the contrary, we know that because the believers of Judaism, who
represented the Israelites, did not accomplish this mission, Jesus had
to die on the cross.
Therefore, you have to reflect upon whether you are capable of paying
indemnity for the condition of faithlessness made by these ancestors
and can actualize this will with a sense of responsibility. Moreover,
when we reflect upon whether we can actualize this task and even pass
that will to our descendants, we have to realize how intense is this
moment today. We must reflect, and make a new determination and
If the Israelites at that time had connected with the heart of the
angels and represented the rejoicing heart of Heaven, if they had
embraced the heart of God who mobilized and sent the angels, Jesus
would never have died on the cross. Had the chosen people been
prepared to face death to carry on the fight of testimony and had
shouldered the cross of Jesus to fulfill their responsibility, Jesus
would never have died on the cross. Since the believers at that time
listened to the prophecy of the shepherds and the testimony of the
three wise men and John the Baptist, they should have been able to
fight for the faithless people with a celebrating and glorious
attitude from the day of the birth of the historical Messiah for which
humanity had been yearning. If there were such believers, then the
sorrow of having lost Jesus would not have been transferred to us.
Heaven made this move on that day, in that hour, 2,000 years ago. Yet
human beings on earth have not been able to stand before Heaven with
this kind of heart even after 2,000 years. As you have gathered with
the intention to celebrate the birth of Christ on behalf of Heaven,
you must understand clearly that this is the source of God's sadness.
This moment when we are celebrating the birth of Christ, God will
examine whether He can find the same ardent heart He possessed within
each of you. He felt irrepressible joy over the birth of Christ, for
whom He had yearned as the only hope and about whom He had given
prophecies through the angels and shepherds.
If we can receive this day with this kind of attitude, then even if we
did not directly witness the birth of Jesus, and even if 2,000 long
years of history have passed by, our heart can transcend the
historical distance to connect with the heart of God and the angels.
You have to understand that now is this kind of historical moment. If
you have truly reached this state of heart, then you will feel the
welling up of sorrow.
We are the pitiful people who cannot testify to the glorious Messiah
with overflowing joy. Instead, we must testify to the sad story of how
he died on the cross. You will feel this today.
When you consider this, you must come to the realization that
throughout the passage of the long 2,000-year history until now,
countless believers have celebrated this day. Yet there is almost no
one who truly celebrated for the heart of Heaven. Moreover, in regard
to the issue of restoring this day through indemnity on behalf of the
2,000 years, you must now step forward in their place and testify to
the death and sorrow of Christ. Just as 2,000 years ago, believers
testified to the imminence of the arrival of Christ after listening to
the voices of the angels, wise men and shepherds. Only when you
realize that it is your fate to accomplish this task will you not be
ashamed to stand before Jesus, whose birth was historic.
The Way to Truly Celebrate the Birth of the Messiah
You who have gathered here today with a new will! You must think about
the situation of Jesus and understand that inside Jesus' heart, there
was the penetrating sorrow of the 4,000-year history before his birth.
Moreover, you have to understand that penetrating deeply into this day
is the sorrow of the thirty years of his life after his birth, as well
as the sorrow of the 2,000 years after he died with the words of
promise that he will return.
What kind of mission then must we fulfill today? You must, first, make
a deep reflection as to whether you have made it possible for God to
comfort you with the same sorrowful heart He felt toward Jesus. You
must stand in the position from which you can take over the sad
situation of Jesus. Next, you must become people who can receive
comfort from all the prophets and patriots who came in history and who
can be guarded by and receive the testimony of the heavenly soldiers
You must represent the value for which Heaven mobilized all heavenly
soldiers and angels at the time of the appearance of Jesus. You must
be able to grab hold and give comfort to Jesus with a heart that can
represent the concerns of the countless prophets and patriots at the
time of Jesus' birth. If you have not made this kind of preparation
and determination, you cannot inherit the will and ideology of the
dispensation of the present and the past centered on the day of Jesus'
Due to his death, Jesus' intention to realize the purpose of God's
dispensation of the 4,000 years was prolonged 2,000 more years. It
became a 6,000-year history of restoration. The hope of the ancestors,
which should have been fulfilled through Jesus, was prolonged for
2,000 years. The concerns of many apostles and believers and millions
of angels were added to the concerns of God. You should feel a sorrow
that is more intense than that of God, Who handed Jesus over to the
cross, and that of Jesus, who was walking toward the cross. You should
feel the sorrow of the millions of believers and angels in Heaven at
the time of Jesus' death, as well.
By doing so, while reflecting on history, you alone must make
preparations, on behalf of all things of creation, to alleviate the
sad and grieving heart of Heaven and earth. You must earn the
qualification to celebrate Christmas in the way Heaven wants by
longing for the one day of the Second Advent and by making thorough
preparations. Only when you understand the ideology of the coming
Messiah and make the determination to shoulder even the mission of the
angels to testify when the will is manifested, can you celebrate
Christmas in the way Heaven wants.
You, who have gathered here today to conduct this service of
celebrating the birth of Jesus, must realize that only when you
eliminate the grief of God, Jesus and the millions of heavenly
soldiers and angels can God finally behold the one day of eternal
celebration. You must become qualified to inherit the will of Heaven
and materialize it on the earth. God can then celebrate eternally.
As you can see, today you stand in the important focal point of
history. Therefore, you are living in a time when you must prepare for
the one day of hope when Christ returns. You must reflect upon the
birth of Christ and celebrate it as historical witnesses and the heirs
of God's dispensation. Only then can God look down upon you and be
liberated from all the bitterness and grief that have plagued Him
until now. Moreover, while you feel the joy of accomplishing the will
of Christ in his place, at the same time, Jesus can also return his
glory to God because of you.
This is a summary of an article in Sel-Gyo Mal-Seum Nae-Yong
Yo-Yak, published by the Witnessing Department of the Seung- Hwa