Christmas: reminder of God's great gift

Christians throughout the world are reminded annually that shepherds and wise men went to Bethlehem to find the Messiah—the one so long foretold to be king of the Hebrew nation. And when they saw the newborn Jesus with his mother, Mary, they had no doubt he was the one "which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11; They recognized in this infant the promised Saviour. More than a king, he was to bring to mankind the understanding of the sublime nature of God and His creation, and thereby to lead humanity out of mortal bondage.

The miracle of divine grace had occurred, and they knew it. As the Gospel of John puts it: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1, 2, 14;

God's gifts
December 24, 1979

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