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Jesus Born the Son of God.

Jesus Born the Son of God.

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Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.


( Christmas Sermon . )

" Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace ; goodwill towards
men. Amen."

Text : Luke i. 31, 32. " Behold, . . . thou shalt bring forth a
Son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Most High."
Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.


( Christmas Sermon . )

" Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace ; goodwill towards
men. Amen."

Text : Luke i. 31, 32. " Behold, . . . thou shalt bring forth a
Son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Most High."

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JESUS BOR THE SO OF GOD.Friedrich, Schleiermacher 1768-1834.( Christmas Sermon . )" Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace ; goodwill towardsmen. Amen."Text : Luke i. 31, 32. " Behold, . . . thou shalt bring forth aSon, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall becalled the Son of the Most High."THESE were the words of promise spoken by the angelto Mary, that He whom she should bear should becalled the Son of the Highest ; and as this promise is after-wards brought into direct connection with the statementthat the power of the Highest should overshadow her,Mary had no room to suppose that her son was only tobecome the" Son of God at some future time through somespecially great deeds of His own, or by the outpouring of Gfod's grace upon Him. She was made to understand thatfrom His very birth He was to be the Son of God, for fromthat time she was to call His name Jesus. And it is onlyin this fact that we grasp the full meaning of our solemnChristmas joy, to-day and always. Eor if the Saviour of tlie world had not been different from others at His birth,if the divine nature which we adore in Him had only comedown upon Him afterwards, then our special connectionwith Him would not have begun with His birth ; and our joy in His appearing would make less account of His birth(seeing that He was not yet, in that case, the Saviour) thanof that moment of His life in which He became filled in a27!)280 JESUS BOR THE SO OF GOD.
 
special manner Avith tlie power of the Highest. This, then,is the central thought in all that stirs onr hearts on thesedays of solemn festival ; that the Saviour was born the Sonof God; that the divine power by which He was able toredeem the world dwelt in Him from the beginning of Hislife ; and let this be to-day the subject of our devout medi-tation. Let us consider the necessary connection of thistruth on the one hand with our common Christian faith ; onthe other, with that love through which faith works.I. We assert first then, that it belongs to the deepestfoundations of our Christian faith, (as this very festivalbears witness), that we regard Christ as endowed, from themoment of His appearing in this world, with all that wasnecessary for Him as the Saviour of the world. We are tobelieve that He was already in Himself the eternal Word,though as yet silent ; the Light sent to shine in the dark-ness, though as yet concealed ; distinguished from all sin-ners by that saving power that dwelt in Him ; and separatedfrom the fellowship of sin. This, I admit, is a hard saying.It is so because of the difficulty we find in doing in con-nection with spiritual things what we are constantly doingin material and natural things — fully believing in what wecannot clearly imagine and picture to ourselves in all itsbearings ; and that is what is required of us here. Ourown experience contributes to this difficulty. For whilethere is no question that we know something of an inwardunion of a divine power with the human soul, because allof us who can glory in belonging to Christ know that inbecoming partakers of the Holy Spirit, we become partakersof a divine Being, thus being made one with God ; we knowalso that we could not actually receive this divine gift untilfull human consciousness had begun in us, and all the mentalpowers which the Spirit of God should directly and specialtycontrol were awakened, so that He could begin this control,and with it His sanctifying work ; and otherwise than thus
 
JESUS BOE THE SO OF GOD. 281we have never become conscious of Him. But in the caseof the Saviour, if we are to think of the divine power beingin Him while He was still in man's most imperfect state, — that of the newborn babe, in whom all the faculties, throughwhich the presence of the higher divine power could bemanifested and proved, were still dormant, — we must con-ceive of it as having been present without being in an}'way brought into exercise ; and it is just this that we findit difficult to imagine, and therefore hard to believe.Hence it comes that there have always been Christianswho hold an opinion such as I have referred to, — that notonly in the years of the Saviour's childhood, but up to thetime when His human faculties attained maturity. He wasin no way different and bore within Him nothing differentfrom other children ; and that not until He was to enter onthe great work to which He was appointed, did the power of G-od come upon Him and pervade His whole being. Andhence it is also that many Christians, though they do nothold this opinion, yet cannot quite heartily join in the child-like devotion which, going back to the very beginning of Christ's life, with the full reverence which binds the grate-ful soul to the Saviour, recognises in the new-born Babe,even in His unconsciousness, the Son of God, in such asense that He needed to receive nothing new from above,but would become, by the ordinary development of Hishuman soul, the Saviour who, by word and deed, by Hislife and by His death Avould both merit and produce thatfaith which those doubtful Christians themselves cherish ;that He was, in short, the Son of the living God, He throughwhom God would in these last days speak for the last timeto men, and after whom we need expect no other. But if these fellow-Christians will only look at things clearly ; if they are really in earnest in that faith which brings ushere together, then must they not grant that it would be atleast as hard for us to give up this faith, on which, the

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