To understand the “secret of Christmas,” we need to understand the difference between “knowing about” and “knowing,” There’s a phrase that explains the secret of Christmas in the Quran. This will help us understand the difference between these two terms and how the Quran relates to Christmas.
The Difference Between “Knowing About” and “Knowing”
Imagine that you are a single guy who sees a new lady at work. Through observation you know she is diligent, likes to read, is pretty, and always eats with two friends in the cafeteria. You know her name is Mawarti, she is from Indonesia, and still single. However, you do not really know her yet.
Only through talking with her do you get to “know” Mawarti. Words are the way we get to know people.
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The Secret of Christmas in the Quran
The angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus [Isa Al-Masih], the son of Mary–distinguished in this world and the Hereafter . . .” (Qs 3:45).
This verse about the secret of Christmas is also found in the Gospels. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Gospel, John 1:14).
The Meaning of “Allah’s Word” in Qs 3:45
With the coming of Isa from heaven, Allah speaks to mankind. Allah wants us to know Him.
Isa Al-Masih, the Word of Allah, “knows” His followers. They “listen to His voice” and “know” Him (Injil, John 10:4, 14, 16, 27). Email us if you want to know Allah.
Allah Wants To Know Us Through His Word
There’s a verse that pictures our heart as a house. In that metaphor, Isa Al-Masih stands at the door of the house (our heart) and knocks.
As He knocks, the Word of Allah says, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).
All Muslims Are Invited to Experience Mary’s Joy at Christmas
Like the story above, you cannot “know” Mawarti before you talk to her. You’re limited to only information about her. You know about her, but you do not “know” her.
Allah wants to know you. Allah, through His Word, can come into your heart. You can “know” his voice and experience His presence.
What’s the secret of Christmas in the Quran? The “Word of Allah.” Follow Him. Then you and Allah will “know” each other! This is the best Christmas gift!
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