Baha'i News -- A Baha'i tribute to Jesus and his followers as Easter approaches
A Baha'i tribute to Jesus and his followers as Easter
By Kambiz Rafraf
Published March 20, 1999
Baha'is believe that there is only one God. And they believe that from that one
God come all the world's major religions. Every religion of God has its own
distinctive holy days. Easter is the oldest and most important for Christians.
Baha'is do not celebrate it, but we do hold the spirit of Easter dear.
Easter is a holy day of reflection, thoughtfulness and reverence on the occasion
of the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We commemorate it with
our Christian relatives and friends in the spirit of love and unity.
Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, glorified Christ in the
most moving and majestic terms. On the subject of the signs of Jesus'
appearing, He writes:
"When the hour of the Revelation of Jesus drew nigh, a few of the Magi, aware
that the star of Jesus had appeared in heaven, sought and followed it till
they came unto the city which was the seat of the Kingdom of Herod. The sway
of his sovereignty in those days embraced the whole of that land."
He recounts the familiar story, speaking of the star as a sign in the "visible
heaven" that led the Magi to seek Jesus and worship Him.
"As to the sign in the invisible heaven -- the heaven of divine knowledge and
understanding -- it was Yahya [John], son of Zachariah, who gave unto the
people the tidings of the Manifestation of Jesus. Even as He hath revealed:
'God announceth Yahya to thee, who shall bear witness unto the Word from God,
and a great one and chaste' (Quran 3:39). By the term 'Word' is meant Jesus,
Whose coming Yahya foretold." The Gospel of St. Matthew (3:1,2) is quoted to
In another tribute to Christ, Baha'u'llah writes: "Know thou that when the Son
of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great
weeping. By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all
Where does Baha'u'llah find that "fresh capacity" flourishing? In the wisdom of
sages, in the arts, in human learning, in the influence of "the most potent
rulers." All of those things, He writes, "are but manifestations of the
quickening power released by ... [Christ's] transcendent, His all-pervasive,
and resplendent Spirit."
When Christ came into the world, "He shed the splendor of His glory upon all
created things." Human beings recovered from the leprosy of perversity and
ignorance. The unchaste found healing. The blind were made to see. Sinners'
souls were sanctified.
"He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming
with light, hath turned towards Him."
Finally, Baha'u'llah eulogizes the station of Christ, Who has been "exalted
above the imaginings of all that dwell on earth."
'Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'u'llah's son and the authorized interpreter of His writings,
describes that station as one of absolute perfection.
We wish all the best for our dear Christian brothers and sisters. Our prayers
and greetings are with you and all our fellow citizens as we approach the
celebration of Easter.
Kambiz Rafraf is chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Dallas.
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