REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE TRUE MEANING
December 25, 1979
World Mission Center
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
Merry Christmas! In a few more days the year of 1979 will be over.
When another year passes by it denotes that we are becoming one year
older and also that much closer to the spirit world. That could be a
pessimistic statement, but actually the spirit world is our ultimate
destination, and it is not a bad world to look forward to.
What is the true meaning of Christmas and why do we celebrate? It
is not done for America's sake or for the sake of the world. We
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The central issue of this day is
what kind of Christmas Jesus would have wanted.
Who sent Jesus? God sent him, and God had a certain will for
sending His son. Considering the political situation in that part of
the world at that time, what kind of Christmas would God have wanted
people to celebrate? Who should have been the first person or people to
celebrate Jesus' birth? Not Jesus himself, certainly, because he had
just been born. The first person truly to celebrate should have been
God Himself, who caused His son to be born. Furthermore, the angels and
all spirit world joined together, glorifying and praising that great
day. Here on earth, however, Jesus' birth was only quietly welcomed
because few people knew of his coming. We can see that the birth of
Jesus was truly celebrated in heaven, centering upon God, but on earth
hardly any celebration took place.
The Christian world honors Christmas by setting up nativity scenes
of Jesus in a manger. Actually a manger is a very lowly place. They
are proud of Jesus' being placed in a manger, but is this the kind of
place God's son, the King of kings, should be born? Do you think God
truly wanted His son to be born in a stable?
What about Jesus' mother, who knew through revelation what kind of
son she was bearing? Do you think she was happy that her son, the
Messiah, was born in a stable? I'm sure Mary would have thought that
the son of God would deserve more than the most elegant palace. The
appropriate way for the son of God to arrive would be with announcements
of hour-by-hour bulletins and a proclamation throughout the
land when he arrived.
If the priests, scribes and rulers of Israel had known of Jesus'
coming, I'm sure that during the ten months before his birth everyone
would have been
eagerly awaiting his arrival, and would have come to worship even
before he was born. Mary would have been treated like a queen wherever
she went. A record would have been kept of everything she did-if she
ate a snack, how many times she went to the bathroom, how long she
slept. If people had truly known that the son of God was in Mary's
womb, the twelve tribes of Israel would all have competed in trying to
serve him before his birth.
If that had been the case, do you think the people would ever have
allowed him to be born in a stable? A great fanfare would have been
prepared, great bells readied to ring and bands to play. Should the
birth of the son of God be an event greater than America's independence
day? America preserves her cracked Liberty Bell, but a small bell that
rang to herald the day of Jesus' birth would be preserved in a shrine as
a priceless item. If there were a record of the Jews fighting each
other to be the first to offer the new baby some gift at his birth,
would that make Jesus unhappy?
Jesus came after God had worked for 4,000 years in preparation.
After all that preparation the greatest event was the coming of God's
son to this earth. Is the fact that he then came in such a humble way
to a lowly place the pride or shame of history? Ultimately Jesus was
crucified, but if Jesus had begun his life in the recognition that he
was the son of God, would the history of his life have been different?
Truly he would have been treated as the king of Israel. Furthermore, if
he had been embraced by the chosen people then he should have received
more glory as God's representative than the emperor of Rome.
God wanted to see all the great priests of the day gather to hold
the holy child. If Jesus had been recognized from the moment of his
birth as the son of God and the long-awaited Messiah, then all the
chiefs of the twelve tribes would have competed to serve him as he was
growing. Then when he was 21 he could have exercised the authority of
the Messiah, and because the people would have been so busy serving him
he never would have an ;idle moment.
What kind of education would Jesus have received? Truly he would
have been taught about the importance of the mission and responsibility
he had. From the early days Jesus would have known he was born as the
son of God and his mission was to be the King of kings, who would
initiate God's kingdom here on earth. Would history have been different
then? Then wouldn't the entire world celebrate Jesus' birth, generation
If the Jews squarely proclaimed that Jesus was born not only as king
of Israel but King of kings, including the Roman Empire, would Rome have
welcomed him? Not at all. When Israel prepared to celebrate Christmas,
the Romans would be in an uproar, for according to Jewish prophecy even
the Roman Emperor should bow down and present a gift. Don't you think
the Romans would send their legions to crush Israel in that case? If
the Roman legions surrounded the arena where the celebration was being
held, wouldn't the Israelites have gathered around Jesus to protect him?
You have seen on the news how the Iranian militants demonstrate
against America's President Carter. The Arabs are kin to the
Israelites, so if the Romans demonstrated against Jesus like the
Iranians are against the Americans, wouldn't the Arabs be in a position
to support the Jews in resisting the Remans? The political
confrontation between Israel and Rome would grow into a confrontation on
a global scale, with the Arabs backing Israel. That would affect other
religious Asian countries, like India and China, which would then
support Israel as well. The greater the oppression of the Romans, the
greater would be the unity to resist the Romans and truly celebrate
Christmas. Instead of Jesus' reaching the age of thirty unnoticed,
there would have been such acclaim and attention from the time of his
birth that by the time he was thirty the entire world would already have
been united with him against the Roman Empire.
They would not be supporting him blindly, but would have
investigated why he should be the King of kings and why a Messiah was
needed. All the great thinkers of the world would have been concerned
about this, and, knowing who Jesus truly was, would have knowledgeably
supported him. Then the wood would have been divided into two camps-the
Roman Empire, and the nations which supported Jesus and Israel. Then
when the Roman Empire mobilized their military to stamp down the
opposition would the world remain silent in fear? No minister except
Reverend Moon has ever considered such a hypothesis as this.
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. I have described what could have happened
externally, but think about Jesus himself. Would he have thought that
he didn't need anyone else to help him rule the world as Messiah? Or
would he have thought he would need a wife, in-laws, children and
grandchildren so that his tradition could be passed down? Don't you
think Jesus felt he needed to be exemplary in all human relations on
earth and should occupy every position a human being could have- parent,
grandparent, in-law-so he could set the heavenly tradition?
Many Christians think that Jesus was God Himself, so he didn't need
anyone and only worked like a machine. You are so-called Moonies,
whom people say are not true Christians, so you say this is not true.
We Moonies are supporting a revolutionary concept; modern Christian
leaders would be knocked out by what I am saying this morning. There
are two major schools of thought-the conventional school of thought and
the Moonies' thought. Which thought would Jesus support? After praying
many hours to find out the truth about this, I think that Jesus would
like my thought.
You are ordinary U.S. citizens, yet you want to become President so
you can bring this nation to the side of righteousness. Wouldn't Jesus,
ax the Messiah, be thinking of the world kingdom which he would govern,
as a parent and grandparent? One religious camp teaches that Jesus came
to die, but the other teaches that Jesus was sent as Messiah to bring
salvation by being the father of mankind and bringing the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth. Whose Christmas celebration would God and Jesus want
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' will there are now several hundred denominations dividing
Christianity. Greater division has been brought about. No matter how
people try, they cannot justify this.
But what I say about Jesus' purpose makes because the people did not
accept Jesus that the crucifixion, which was contrary to God's will,
What is the difference between a loyal subject and a traitor? Both
say they are serving their country' but the loyal subject is the one who
follows the will of the king without compromise. The traitor is the one
who always thinks his way is right and wants the king to follow him.
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.
What does the Unification Church think? In order to fulfill God's
will we can forget about denomination, and ignore even racial and
national barriers. We are going the way of loyal subjects, but many
people are reluctant to give up the old ways. They could care less if
God's will is done here on earth.
Today the followers of Reverend Moon are being accused and
persecuted by the world. but in the sight of God and Jesus we are the
true central religion, the orthodox of orthodox. Therefore, I proclaim
today that Christianity needs to learn a direction and new way of life.
My direction is now being supported by spirit world, Jesus Christ and
God Himself. How do you know I'm not the greatest swindler in the
world? If you use your own logical minds you can deduce whether what I
am saying is true or not.
If Jesus had been recognized as the Messiah by his contemporaries,
yet he had been too shy to accept such recognition, don't you think they
would search everywhere to find him and put him on a throne? Looking
down on this scene would God kick Jesus off the throne, or would He
smile and tell Jesus that he was in the very place he should be?
When we think of the true meaning of Jesus' coming then today's
Christianity is like an empty shell, lacking true content. If
Christians were true Christians, how could they sit down and eat turkey
on Christmas Day when they know that the communist power is about ready
to take over the world?
Why do we need Jesus? Why do we need the Messiah? The important
thing to know is that we are born into a satanic lineage of hereditary
sin based on satanic love. 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, obeying his instructions.
Could Jesus completely exemplify the heavenly tradition if he were a
bachelor? Because Jesus was always a bachelor we have not seen any
other tradition, but that was only the first step of Jesus'
contribution. He was to have given the world not only a tradition of
individual perfection, but also the tradition of love between husband
and wife. As a God-centered man he wanted to show how men should
live. As a husband he was to show how to be a model Godcentered
husband. Does the Bible teach this? Have you ever read in the Bible
how Jesus loved his wife?
Would God call Jesus a heretic for thinking that he should marry?
Christianity does not have the tradition of a husband's love for his
wife. Furthermore, Jesus wanted not only to love his wife but to teach
her how to set the tradition of wifehood. Does the Bible record that
tradition? Is there any record of Jesus becoming a father who could
teach people the right way to love their children? Is there any
indication that Jesus became a grandfather who could show how
grandchildren should be loved?
Did Jesus leave any tradition for Christianity of leading a tribe?
Is there any tradition for a king and ruler of the world about how to
govern with God's love? Is there any tradition of a King of kings who
governs without any national or racial prejudice? Is there a tradition
for governing not only the physical world but also the spirit world, of
showing what the Kingdom of Heaven should be like for eternity?
Is there a tradition of the love of God here on earth? Jesus came
to teach this tradition. He struggled by himself but finally was
crucified, and there was not much room for him to leave the traditions
that God wanted here on earth. Compared to the scope of the mission
Jesus came to fulfill here on earth. he spoke only a small bit about
the tradition of the love of God. The hulk of it has been left undone.
It is essentially true that Jesus must return to pick up that mission
and finish it. isn't that logical?
What is love? What is the love of God from the point of view of
Christianity? This world we live in is truly a wilderness, for there is
no taste of the love of God in it. People hardly have a concept of the
love of God. In this wilderness I came to cry out for the love of God.
In itself this is a historical mission. I am proclaiming in this
wilderness how the love of God should be.
I came to this world knowing precisely the will of God, and the
agony and heart of Jesus. I know what no one else has ever known and I
came to proclaim it to the world. People who think they are the zealous
Christians today, who think they have happiness, are the real traitors
in the eyes of God. People don't want to hear that; they want
acclamation and great respect instead. But there is no word of praise I
could give them.
Today people don't write out the word Christmas, but use Xmas
instead. Often on a test O means true and X means false. Thus, written
as Xmas, Christmas is the false, upside-down message. People are
celebrating the wrong kind of Christmas. When you hear me say this it
makes sense, but because of this people say I am a heretic who is
attacking the 2,000-year old Christian tradition.
Again, the important thing is which side God is receptive to. If
the entire world has another opinion, how can you be so sure God would
take my side? When we know that the true meaning of Christmas is that
God sent Jesus to bring the true tradition of love, then when we
exchange Christmas greetings they will be sweet and acceptable to Jesus.
Jesus led a tragic life of accusation and persecution and finally
crucifixion. He truly led the most miserable life, and his one wish
would be for one man to step forward and tell the world who he truly was
and how he felt, why he cried out on Gethsemane. He would want someone
to speak out for him who could look at the world through his eyes, with
the tradition of the love of God, and tell the world what to do. Jesus
would want that spokesman to vindicate his mission, to herald the
tradition of love that Jesus could not finish during his own life. This
is the kind of champion Jesus truly wants to see in this world.
In the fallen world men look at a beautiful woman and think how they
can have her for themselves. When Jesus looked at any woman - whether
charming, feeble, young or old - Jesus felt she was his sister and
thought about how to love her in a pure, heavenly way. When seen
through Jesus' eyes, even the ugliest possible woman - so ugly you would
have to spell ugly with ten u's - would truly be a sister and he would
pour out his genuine heart to her. That's how Jesus looked at all
Only a few relationships are possible with the rest of mankind-a
person is your sister or brother, mother or father, uncle or aunt, or a
member of your race. Whenever you see an old man, you can think of him
as your grandfather, as Jesus' grandfather. Jesus would have given his
grandfather utmost respect, so that is how you should look at the old
Is there any group who truly represents Jesus' heart, and can tell
him that they are here to vindicate him and recreate his work on earth?
When there is a group of people doing that every day, would Jesus have
tears in his eyes as he watched them? He would exclaim, "The
entire world never came near to understanding me. How can you keep
going, and never mind when you are accused and persecuted as you try to
comfort my heart?" ls there any way Jesus could just sit still
watching? He would do everything possible to help and mobilize all
The people who want to see the Unification Church dispersed for good
and have their own denomination rise are seeing exactly the opposite
happen instead. The Unification Church is booming while other churches
are declining. The younger people are gathering here, while the order
people stay there. Which group represents hope? Once you taste the
tradition of God's love there is no way you could separate yourself from
it. Even God could not afford to leave you. What a great hope!
Of course God would want to stay here if this is where He finds
love. If this is where you found love, would you fight among
yourselves? If there was love here, would God be the one trying to get
away while you held Him back, or would you be the one trying to get away
and God be the one holding you back? Would you only stay with God one
hour or forever? That's the hope I am living for. What other joy could
I have in this world if not for the hope of the tradition of God's love?
Everywhere I go people criticize me and call me a monster who
brainwashes people. We have a better term; brainwashing is actually
moon-washing, or love-washing.
We are gathered to celebrate the true Christmas because we know God
and His purpose; we know Jesus' purpose and intention for coming to this
world. And in addition we are handpicked by God to vindicate Jesus and
liberate the heart of God by accomplishing what Jesus left undone. If
we say Merry Christmas with that mind then God and Jesus would respond
thousands of times, "Merry, merry, merry Christmas."
This year's Christmas is different from all the other Christmases
you celebrated in the past because you know its true meaning. You want
to do more for God and Jesus in 1980 than you did in 1979 so that you
can celebrate Christmas even more next year. Look back on how you have
loved the people with Jesus' heart and looked at them as he would. How
good a Christian have you been? Jesus looked at everyone as his family;
that has to be the tradition of Christianity today, but is that being
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. The commitment you can give
that task should be greater than to any other task, and far greater than
the dedication of the communists to their cause. Love is supreme;
nothing is more perfect or precious. Once established it will remain
forever, so for this task there is nothing we cannot spare.
Have you truly loved the world that much? Basically you have been
living capriciously, but you must realize that your body is not yours -
it should be the personification of God's love. It is the holy temple
of God, who is love. It should be a love temple. If someone squeezes
you, love juice should come out, and through you people should find
salvation and eternal life.
Christmas Day is the perfect day for repentance, for checking how
much you have truly lived as Jesus' 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.
It doesn't matter how big or small our festivities are; we will
celebrate a Christmas which God and Jesus will want to attend. After
hearing me, "Merry Christmas" becomes "Concerned
Christmas." This year you greet each other with "Heavy
Christmas," with the desire that next year we can truly celebrate a
Merry Christmas. Will fruitcake and ice cream make a merry Christmas?
The true content of Christmas is the amount of love you, gave during the
year. That is far more dazzling than any amount of decorations.
When you truly live the tradition of love during the year, even if
you don't have a piece of fruitcake but only a half glass of water to
toast God and Jesus with, they will receive yours as the most beautiful
and memorable Christmas. I know that God and Jesus Christ will truly
appreciate that kind of Christmas.
Would you promise me that you will expand the rather small love you
have had until now and truly give the world a Niagara Falls of God's
love so we can really celebrate Christmas in 1980? That is the best
Christmas present. Shall we do it? God bless You.