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THE COMING OF CHRIST
Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. — i Tim. i. 15.

THE COMING OF CHRIST
Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. — i Tim. i. 15.

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THE COMIG OF CHRIST. BY PHILIP STAFFORD MOXOM I SIG the Birth was born to-night, The Author both of life and light ; The angels so did sound it : — And like the ravished shepherds said, Who saw the light, and were afraid, Yet searched, and true they found it. The Son of God, the eternal King, That did us all salvation bring, And freed the soul from danger ; He whom the whole world could not take, The Word, which heaven and earth did make, Was now laid in a manger. What comfort by him do we win, Who made himself the price of sin. To make us heirs of glory ! To see this Babe, all innocence, A martyr born in our defence ! Can man forget this story ? Ben Jonson. THE COMIG OF CHRIST.i Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
 
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. — i Tim. i. 15. THIS is part of an autobiographical note, for St. Paul goes on to say: " of whom I am chief: howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me as chief might Jesus Christ show forth all his long-suffering;" yet it states a primary fact and a fundamental truth of Christianity. The fact is the coming of Jesus; the truth is that Jesus came to save the world from sin. I ask you to consider this truth with me now, because of its appropriateness to the season, and because it represents so large and vital a part of Christian teaching and preaching. The Christmas festivities are at hand ; we cele- brate the birth of Jesus Christ. Whatever may be our private reasons for observing the Christmas festival, the true deep reason and motive lie in this fact, that nearly nineteen hundred years ago there was born of a lowly Jewish mother, in a little town in Palestine, a baby who was known as the child of 1 A Christmas sermon. ^6 The Religion of Hope. Joseph and Mary, and whose name was called Jesus, w^hich means " Saviour." v. Is it not an ex- traordinary thing? ations instinctively celebrate the birthdays of their own heroes and benefactors; but all nations of Christendom celebrate the birth- day of a Jew ! The history of the past eighteen centuries is indissolubly associated with the name of Jesus. o other name is so woven into its very texture. A few years ago, in Paris, one might see everywhere, carved on the stone walls of public buildings, wrought into fabrics, and graven on
 
monuments, the letter . It was the mark and sign of the emperor. The name of Jesus is indel- ibly stamped on the civilization and inextricably woven into the literature of the world. It is because, in some way, the weal of humanity is inseparably joined with the name, the life, the teachings, the deeds, and the personality of Jesus; it is because in Jesus, as in no one else, the world finds a revelation of God and a ** promise and potency " of salvation ; it is because, in a word, men discover in Jesus, not a Jew, nor an Oriental, nor a mere genius, nor a philanthropist, nor a martyr, but a Son of Man, who is also the Son of God, in whom the spiritual world visibly and pal- pably discloses itself for the enlightenment, com- fort, and emancipation of mankind, — that the birthday of Jesus has become the great, gladsome festival of all Christendom. It is a truism, perhaps, but one that must be The Coming of Christ. 77 uttered again and again, that man's deepest needs are spiritual. More urgent than the hunger for  _ bread, deeper than the need of industrial and polit- ical liberty, when once men awaken, is their hun- ger for that which feeds the heart, and their need of the liberty of the spirit. Love and truth and righteousness have a value greater than any mate- rial possessions; and until these are found, an in- curable unrest cankers the human soul. Jesus Christ meets the deepest needs, he brings an answer even to the unexpressed wants, of the human spirit. In him the soul's cry for God, its longing for peace, and its capacity for hope, find a

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