Jesus was born for All
With the birth of Jesus theocentric and anthropocentric parochialism was challenged and a vibrant universalism was born which embraced and enveloped all the people all over the world.
“Don’t be afraid; I am here to give you good news, great joy for all the people. Today a Saviour has been born to you in David’s town…” (Luke 2:10) These words of the angel clearly tell us that Jesus came to this world for all the people, not for some who are special.
This all is a counter-value today and yesterday because in the past the Jewish people firmly believed they were the chosen people of God or Yahweh. By saying they were the chosen ones the Jews not only restricted themselves into a narrow confine but they also restricted their God too into narrow confine. A fence was made for God and people, and thus God and people were parochialized.
With the birth of Jesus theocentric and anthropocentric parochialism was challenged and a vibrant universalism was born which embraced and enveloped all the people all over the world. This disturbed the socio-political powers ruling over their own enclaves and the enslaved who could hardly question their diktats.
But now the angels come and herald that “peace on earth for God is blessinghumankind” (Lk. 2: 14) or for all the people of goodwill. The word “humankind” is significant and it indicates the whole humanity. Again parochialism is questioned and Jesus becomes a person for the whole world.
This universal aspect is very much evident when the angel’s heralded the good news to the shepherds who were watching over their flock at night taking turns. “Don’t be afraid; I am here to give you good news, great joy for all the people. Today a Saviour has been born to you in David’s town; he is the Messiah and the Lord.” (Lk. 2: 10 – 11) Again the allusion to all the people is significant.
This good news is for people of every place and category; it cannot be restricted to any one kind of people or a particular socio-political category. In this context the good news being announced to the shepherds, one of the lowest rungs of the society is important. Nobody is excluded from the purview of the good news, even the least ones in the social milieu.
The birth of Jesus takes us to a different discourse that Jesus the liberator is born for all these shackled ones. Jesus tells us from Bethlehem that no human being is an untouchable for me, I am here to embrace and enfold every human person to give him the liberating experience of my love.
The stable tells us that the place of birth is not important but your birth as a human person is important. Don’t denigrate people in the name of the place of birth, it can be a hut or palace, it can be a family of lowest moorings but the worth and value of a human person does not depend on it but on the fact that he or she is the image of God.
The visit of the magi again reinforces the universality implied in the birth of Jesus.They were wise men from the east. The direction east denotes the rising sun which does not discriminate anyone but it is for all, Jesus born in Bethlehem is that sun who is for all human beings irrespective of their categories.
They may be people from any direction but the sun reaches its rays and warmth to all of them. It gives them energy to live without asking who you are. Jesus too does not ask that question to any person. Irrespective of your where you are the child of God. That is enough for the Babe of Bethlehem.
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