"Peace be unto you"

When the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds at that memorable time when the Saviour of mankind was born in Bethlehem of Judea, they were told: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." With the angel came "a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Such was the message of the Christ, Truth; and so it will ever come to inspire and gladden the heart of mankind.

In the character and works of our great Master the evidence of God's loving presence and power in healing the sick, comforting the sorrowing, uplifting the fallen, saving the sinning, and raising the dead bore unmistakable proof that Jesus fulfilled the mission which the angel announced at his birth. These works were not of human origin, and brought no personal glory to Jesus. It was God alone, His presence, the reality of Life, Truth, and Love, which were acknowledged and glorified. Hence our Master's healing ministry was fruitful, and multitudes were blessed.

The human heart was sorely in need of comfort in those days: unrest, want, woe, sin, sickness, and fear beset mankind as in our time. Surely humanity needed a Saviour, one who might bring lasting peace to troubled hearts. What would still the tempest of mortal thought, uplift and strengthen, enlighten and purify? Not mere theories, opinions, dogmas, creeds, codes, or human philosophy. There was an abundance of such, but not one of them could heal the sick, save the sinner, or bring harmony out of discord. Nothing save the holy influence of the truth as taught and demonstrated by the lowly Nazarene, the truth of God and His good creation, man and the universe, could dispel the darkness of ignorance, superstition, and fear. When the multitudes througed to hear the word spoken by the Master, as he taught them of the loving Father, "my Father, and your Father," they gladly listened, and were healed of their infirmities. Who would not listen to such a message to-day, if distressed and distraught by doubts and fears due to the belief that man is material and separated from God, his divine origin? What inexpressible joy it is to learn that this is not true, but that, on the contrary, man is God's beloved child, even His own likeness, spiritual and eternal, as the Scriptures declare and maintain! This, then, is the Christmessage; and now, as of old, angels of God, spiritual thoughts, come to the heavy-laden with healing in their wings, assuring them of the ever-presence of God, the peace of Love, "good will toward men."

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March 12, 1932

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