God promised Simeon that before he died he would see The Lord’s Christ. Simeon had a faith that opened his eyes to God’s work in the world. This same faith is what the Holy Spirit reproduces in all His people.

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Jesus neither laid aside His deity when He came to earth nor His humanity when He returned to heaven.

 

 

No mere mortal could save humanity while humanity was mired itself in sin. The wounds of mankind are beyond our healing. Evil cannot be repaired by us. Who could accomplish this, unless the Son of God should become also the Son of Man, and thus receive to Himself what belongs to us and transfer to us that which is His?

 

 

If God had the power to save humanity by a simple command, by a mere act of His will, then, why did He take a tedious, circuitous route, submit to a bodily nature, enter life through birth, pass through various stages of development, and finally taste death.

Gregory of Nyssa (335-396 AD)

 

 

The Son of God became man to enable men to become sons of God.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

 

All shall be done but it may be harder than you think.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

 

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity (hope of pardon, hope for peace with God, hope of eternal glory) because of the Father’s will. Jesus Christ became poor born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.

J.I. Packer

 

 

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)