"Tidings of great joy"

The angelic message to the shepherds on the Judean hills that night nineteen centuries ago, "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, ... for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord," proclaimed a wondrous gift to mankind from God. The birth of the Bethlehem babe heralded to mankind a fuller revelation of the infinite nature of God and His creation, man and the universe, which was to awaken them further from the curse of materialism and the stupor of a false sense of existence. Such was the advent of him who was to become for men the Saviour from wrong thinking, a redeemer from sin and sickness, and a deliverer from death.

Throughout the ages the coming of such a Messiah, or Saviour, had been longed for, and certain writers in the Old Testament had glimpsed the possibility of and had foretold such an event. Orthodox Christianity, however, has confused Jesus and the Christ. It has taught that the human Jesus was the Christ, and has worshiped him.

Tender Might of Spirit
December 25, 1937

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