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The Birth of Christ.

The Birth of Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"LET US NOW GO EVEN UNTO BETHLEHEM, AND SEE THIS THING WHICH IS COME TO PASS." Luke 2 : 15.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"LET US NOW GO EVEN UNTO BETHLEHEM, AND SEE THIS THING WHICH IS COME TO PASS." Luke 2 : 15.

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THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"LET US NOW GO EVEN UNTO BETHLEHEM, AND SEE THIS THING WHICH IS COME TO PASS." Luke 2 : 15. The wise man observes, that "the eye is not satisfied with seeing." The truth of this observation is confirmed by the experience of all ages : it admits only of one exception : there is one object, and only one which can satisfy the eye of the mind, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. We have a proof of this in good old Simeon, mentioned in the 29th and 30th verses of this chapter. He had long waited for Christ, "the Consolation of Israel," and he lived to see the infant Saviour brought into the temple ; when, clasping the holy child in his feeble arms, " he blessed God, and said. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word ; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation." Some of the Turks, it is said, put out their eyes as soon as they have seen Mahomet's tomb, because they would not defile them again by regarding any common object. Does superstition teach them so to admire the grave of a wicked impostor : let ns, as Christians, hasten to behold a sight of real glory ; let us " turn away our eyes from beholding vanity ;" let us fix them upon the adorable Jesus ; let us say, with the admiring shep-herds in our text, when just informed of the Saviour's birth,
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" Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass." It was to shepherds, poor, honest, industrious men, that the good news was first announced : an encouraging circum-stance for the poor of this world ; and an encouragement for such to be " diligent in business," for it was when the shep-herds were watching their flocks by night, that these glad 464 THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. tidings were brought to them. An angel delivered the mes-sage ; and a multitude of angels joined in chorus, " Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men." Here humility and glory were joined in their ex-tremes. Christ empties himself of his heavenly glory; he takes upon him human nature ; his mother is a poor woman ; a common inn is the place of his birth ; he is born in a stable ; he is laid in a manger. deep humiliation of the Son of God, the Creator of the world ! And yet behold the glory ! A new star directs the wise men of the east to the honored spot, and a multitude of ministering spirits hymn his birth. Never was the birth of any earthly prince so highly honored.
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God gives us information to put us upon action. When the shepherds were informed of what had happened, and where it happened, it put them upon action. Is the Saviour born in the city of David ? Let us go then, said they, and see him. The wise men made the same improvement of their information. They saw his star in a distant country, and they followed its direction till they came to Bethlehem. Let us learn another piece of instruction from them : " Let us go ??0M'," said they. What, at midnight? Cool reason would have said, it is an unseasonable hour ; and covetous-ness would have said, What must become of our flocks ? But these plain men, who had left their beds to attend their flocks, now leave their flocks to inquire after their Saviour. Let religion then be our first business ; it is " the one thing need-ful :" and what we do in it, let us do it quickly ; the sooner the better, without a moment's delay. We may learn another thing from their example : " Let us go," said they ; they excited one another to this good work. Let the advantages of society be brought into relig-ion. How many, especially in holiday seasons, will say one to another, " Let us go to such an amusement, such a public-house, such a party of pleasure ;" let us rather say, '' Let us go up to the house of the Lord, and he will teach us of his ways." Let us go to Bethlehem, and see Jesus.
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