Updated, 4:30 p.m. 23 December, 2015
The Coming of Christ
Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his Life of Christ, asserts that if God were to send His Son as Savior of the world, the least He would do is to announce His birth and the details surrounding His birth; after all, even auto makers announce their new models and diplomats, when arriving in a country, provide papers, produced beforehand that announce their coming.
We know of numerous prophecies in the centuries before Christ’s birth, prophecies of many other cultures which foretold of the coming of Christ. For instance:
- Tacitus speaking of the ancient Roman prophecies said, “The East was to prevail and from Judea was to come the Master and Ruler of the world.”
- From the Chinese Annals of the Celestial Empire: “In the 24th year of Tchao-Wang of the Dynasty of the Tcheou, on the 8th day of the 4th moon, a light appeared in the Southwest which illumined the king’s palace. The monarch, struck by its splendor, interrogated the sages. They showed him books in which this prodigy signified the appearance of the great Saint of the West whose religion was to be introduced into their country.”
- From the ancient Greeks, Aeschylus, 6 centuries before Christ wrote, “Look not for any end to this curse until God appears, to accept upon His head the pangs of thy own sins vicarious.”
- Virgil, in his Fourth Eclogue speaks of their ancient prophecies that a King would come whom they must recognize in order to be saved, and wrote of “a chaste woman, smiling on her Infant Boy, with whom the iron age would pass away.”
And yet, we know nothing of the mother of Buddha or Confucius. The false prophets, such as Joseph Smith of the Mormons, or Mohammed for his false god, Allah, have had to take recourse in an after-the-fact myth of revelation. They just arrived and demanded, “Here I am, believe me.” But the Old Testament is replete with numerous, detailed prophecies predicting the events surrounding Christ’s birth.
The Archbishop recounts that the the Bible of the Alexandrian Jews, the Septuagint predicts the Virgin Birth, the sufferings of Christ and His everlasting reign. Abp. Sheen states that Christ’s coming is distinguished from all other claimants by three facts:
- First, He was expected; we have numerous proofs from other cultures around the world that indicate a longing for a redeemer to as Aeschylus said, unloose man from the “primal eldest curse”.
- Second, At His appearance, He made such an impact that He split history in two, dividing it into two periods, that before His coming and that after it. The Jewish and Roman civilizations were changed from that time on. (Of course, now, with satan firmly in charge, the world is fiercely working to change that, which plays into another prophecy, for another time.)
- Third, is that unlike every false savior, who came into the world to live, Jesus Christ came in order to die for our sins. Indeed, what is missing from the false christs is the true concept of sin, much as with today’s Modernists – is it any wonder that they show such ecumenical fervor for these false faiths and such disdain for faithful Christians?
As we look upon the helpless Infant born into poverty in an insignificant town in an insignificant country, we understand that truly, God reveals His truth to the pure of heart, not to the proud, and wicked and worldly Herod, Sanhedrin, Roman rulers, or even to the other members of the house of David gathered in the town, but only to the sheperds who kept watch in silence and prayer, and therefore heard the Angel, “For unto you is born this day a Saviour Who is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2, 11).
Let us use the remaining time to pray our Novena to the Holy Ghost and prepare the way for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. He could have come to us in power and glory, and yet He comes as a Child, so that we may hold Him lovingly to our hearts, and to remind us that we too, must be children of this Immaculate Mother.
For those who have read this far and have not checked Rorate Caeli’s posts today, please see Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s lovely meditation, Christmas: the hour of faith in the darkness of the world. I did not see it until I posted my poor article, or I would have simply posted a link to his. In his article, Dr. de Mattei expands on two important points, Those who were called to see and adore the Christ Child, shepherds and Magi, illustrate the principle that those who seek God with purity of heart are never abandoned; an essential lesson for these times of confusion. And another point beautifully made by Dr. de Mattei is that by His birth, Our Savior demonstrates total abandonment to Divine Providence; in order to fully submit Himself to the will of His Father, Our Lord submitted Himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St. Joseph, who had of course, totally submitted their wills to Him.
Devotion to the Divine Infant is an essential component to our Total Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And her Immaculate Heart is our sure refuge in these times precisely because it is most pure and perfect. It is the remedy for the sin and darkness of these days.
With Dr. De Mattei, may we all say, Child Jesus, may Thy kingdom come!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done!
Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all his works and pomps!