Obama: All Peoples Worldwide Embrace Meaning of Jesus

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 6, 2014 | 3:08 PM EST

President Barack Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - In a speech at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday night, President Obama did not mention Jesus by name but said the meaning of Jesus’s story is embraced by all people “around the world, regardless of how they pray, or whether they pray at all.”

“But while lighting the tree has entered into the 21st century, the story that we remember this season dates back more than 2,000 years,” Obama said.

“It’s the story of hope--the birth of a singular child into the simplest of circumstances--a child who would grow up to live a life of humility, and kindness, and compassion; who traveled with a message of empathy and understanding; who taught us to care for the poor, and the marginalized, and those who are different from ourselves,” said Obama. “And more than two millennia later, the way he lived still compels us to do our best to build a more just and tolerant and decent world.

“It is a story dear to my family as Christians, but its meaning is one embraced by all peoples across our country and around the world, regardless of how they pray, or whether they pray at all,” said Obama.

The Obama administration is currently fending off more than 100 lawsuits arguing that it is violating the free exercise of religion through regulations it has issued under the Affrodable Care Act—Obamacare--that force Christians to buy or provide health-insurance plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

Abortion-inducing drugs and devices kill human beings shortly after they are conceived.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns that specializes in caring for the elderly poor, is the plaintiff in one of these cases.

The Annunciaton by Fra Angelico (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Part of the story of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke, begins with the conception—in the womb—of Jesus and his cousin, John the Baptist.

“But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard,'" says the Gospel. "'Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of [the] Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”

When the unborn John was in the sixth month of his gestation, the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.

“Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God,'" says the Gospel. "'Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

The Gospel continued: “But Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?’ And the angel said to her in reply, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.’

“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her,” said the Gospel.

When Jesus, as an unborn child, first encountered his cousin John, the Gospel says the unborn John leapt in his mother’s womb.

Elizabeth told Mary: “For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

President Obama toast President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China on Nov. 12, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

The Gospel then says: “And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.’”

Barack Obama is one of the greatest champions of the legalized killing of unborn babies in the history of the United States. In the Illinois state senate, he went so far as to repeatedly oppose a bill that simply would have defined a newborn child as a “person,” “human being,” “child” and “individual.”

That law would have prevented live-birth abortions--a procedure in which a mother in late term is induced to deliver her child so the child can be left alone, without care, to die.