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Christmas.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY Clement Reginald Tollemache



" There was a little city, and few men within it : and
there came a great Icing against it, and besieged it, and
built great bulwarks against it : Now there was found in
it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the
city : yet no man remembered that same poor man^ — -
Eccles. ix. 14, 15.
BY Clement Reginald Tollemache



" There was a little city, and few men within it : and
there came a great Icing against it, and besieged it, and
built great bulwarks against it : Now there was found in
it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the
city : yet no man remembered that same poor man^ — -
Eccles. ix. 14, 15.

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CHRISTMAS.BY Clement Reginald Tollemache" There was a little city, and few men within it : andthere came a great Icing against it, and besieged it, andbuilt great bulwarks against it : ow there was found init a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered thecity : yet no man remembered that same poor man^ — -Eccles. ix. 14, 15.How beautifully that little parable describes theficheme of redemption^ It is as the inspired writerlooked at redemption from God's point of view. ForHe sees from high Heaven, deep down among unnum-*-bered worlds — this little earth, and there is trouble,and sorrow, and pain, and sin there. It is not whatHe made it. An enemy has been there and marredthe beauty of the work. That " great king" Satan— the " prince of the power of the air," has been there,and fought against it. How shall " the little city" bedelivered? Shall the princely Michael and Ghibriel,and Raphael in their glory swiftly lead God's army onas of old, and chase the usurper from earl^h, as once8they did from Heaven? o; He will conquer byweakness. — His " strength shall be perfected in weak-ness." Eiches and power and might cannot make theenemy raise that siege. But there is a certain " poorman," whom God has ordained, an inhabitant of that
 
"little city," and He by His wisdom delivered thatcity out of the hand of the spoiler. " There was foundin the city a poor wise man, and He by His wisdomdelivered the city.Who was the wise man but Jesus — ^the " wisdom,"or " word of Q-od" — ^bom a little child to day ? Whatwas the " little city," but this world of ours which Hedelivered by His Incarnation ? Happy victory won bya little child ! Oh ! what a triumphant jubilee forangels and men that such " a man is bom into theworld," — ^bom and laid not in gold and purple, but inthe straw. For thus " the King of Kings, and Lordof Lords," chose to defeat Satanic strength by self-chosen weakness. The Wisdom of God, yea GodHimself for ever resides in His own awful fullness inthis " poor wise man." And it is that Divine Wisdom,that wondrous mystery of divine invention that de-livers the city. " The Gods are come down to us inthe likeness of men," said the heathen worshippers of 8. S. Paul and Barnabas, for the heathen had somegljmmering of the great mystery of God made man.God is become man, say we who know the truth,though we may not solve the mystery. God has takenhuman nature into the Godhead, and for ever boundtogether in one the two natures of God and man; and9thus the great siege of Satan is defeated and his hostsare put to flight and the city is delivered by the littlechild Jesus.But all our services tell us this great truth. Itmeets us at every turn in our Christmas rejoicings.For Christmas is a time more for devotional and
 
domestic happiness, than for mere teaching. We maygive up ourselves to the holy and happy influence of the time, so we do not think only of our own joy.For selfishness in joy is one danger of our festivalkeeping. We read that the few men in the little city,after they were delivered, forgot all about their de-liverer. He, by his wisdom, delivered the city, yet noman remembered that same poor man. I dare say therich people entertained one another and ate and drank and danced at one another's houses, and no harmeither, if they had not forgot the poor man whodelivered them.- ow we want to keep in our mindsat Christmas, the beautiful picture of the Saviour'sbirth. We want, in our Christmas rejoicings, toremember our Deliverer. We want to have imprintedin our hearts the manger at Bethlehem; and then weshall remember to make within our souls a better birthplace for Christ than a manger; then we shall re-member * that same poor man' in His poor, and give thema portion of those good things with which we entertainone another.I have made the " little city " stand for the world.Let us narrow our interpretation, and let the light of the MTitten word fell on Bethlehem. " Thou Bethle-10hem, though thou be little among the cities of Judah,yet out of thee shall come a GFovemor that shall rulemy people Israel."In that " little city " was found the " poor wiseman." o one knew anything about Him. Only apoor young woman had asked for a lodging that ^y atthe inn, but there was no room for her or for the old

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