Christmas is a Good Day to Forgive

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace among menwith whom He is pleased.” A Christmas letter has this sentence, referring to some things that had not gone quite right: “There have been mistakes—but this is a good time of year to forget them.” That is part of the teaching of Christmas—to …

The First Christmas

How did the world come to have a Christmas? God gave it to us. It was his gift. The story is told in the New Testament. There is one great verse which tells how it came: “God so loved the world—that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not …

The Theology of Christmas

“To put it mildly, Christmas is a little bit confusing to the watching world, I’m pretty sure. I never really get over that. Year after year, I’m struck by the paradoxes of Christmas, the strange juxtaposition of Christianity and a kind of carnival mentality, the humility and poverty of the stable confused with the wealth …

The Problem of Christmas

Luke 2:14“Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace amongmen with whom He is pleased.” Think what the problem of Christmas was. The mission of the Christ-Child was to change the sin and sorrow of earth—into the holiness and the joy of heaven. Earth was very unlike heaven that night. It was a place …

The Maker of Man Became Man

The word of the Father by whom all time was created was made flesh and born in time for us. He without whose divine permission no day completes its course, wished to have one of those days for His human birth. In the bosom of His Father He existed before all the cycles of the …

What the Magi Mean to Christmas

Just exactly who are they and why are they there? Well, the question as to why they’re there is answered in the text, and that is to worship Him. They came to worship. That becomes absolutely clear. In chapter 2 and verse 2, they say, “We have come to worship Him.” That is their point. …

The Lovely Things of God

“Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things!” Isaiah 40:26 They miss many a tender joy—who do not have a heart in sympathy with nature. They lose many a whisper of love which drops from God’s lips—who do not have ears open to hear the voices of nature. They fail …

Glory To God

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“Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.”—Psalm 72:19 There was a time when every star was bright; when all space was filled with loveliness, when holiness, purity, and happiness, were like a robe which mantled the entire creation. This world itself was once fair and lovely—so fair and lovely that …

God’s Motive In Creation

“And all the trees of the field shall know that I, Jehovah, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish. I, Jehovah, have spoken and have done it.”—Ezekiel 17:29 Can your minds fly back to the time when …