CHRISTMAS DAY— CHRISTMAS JOY BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR

And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom He is well pleased. Luke 2: 13, 14.

It is the Christmas time: And up and down twixt heaven and earth, In glorious grief and solemn mirth, The shining angels climb; And unto everything That lives and moves, for heaven, on earth The shining angels sing. — Dianah Maria Mulock Craik.

J^nHE sublimest joy ever known on earth was born at ^i^ Bethlehem. Christ in the heart means a song in the mouth. Christ born in the world makes the world melodious with music. A songless world is a sunless world. Christianity has made all the harps of heaven and earth tuneful with joy. The very air was tremulous with song when Christ was born. Angelic choirs chanted the only song of heaven ever heard by human ears, and a star marked a new pathway in the heavens to honor the birth of the Holy Child. Is there a song in your heart to-day because Jesus was born? Do you magnify the Lord with Mary? Have you a hallelujah in your heart because Christ has been born in you? Did you rejoice with exceeding great joy, when you knew He was the Saviour your heart needed?

Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven and glory in the highest. Amen. Luke 19: 38.

362 ROYAL MESSAGES 12-37 Wherefore it behooved Him in all things to be made like unto His brethren. Heb. 2: 17.

But they who do their souls no wrong; But keep at eve the faith of morn; Shall daily hear the angel song — " To-day the Prince of Peace is born." — James Russell Lowell. The highest holiest manhood Thou. — Alfred Tennyson.

©Y the mystery of the incarnation, Jesus Christ became the Son of Man. He had to assume the nature He came to redeem. We stand hj the cradle in Bethlehem and remember that He whose arm upholds the universe, was once Himself borne upon a woman's arm. He was a true man. He did not lay hold of the nature of angels. He came to save men, and if He would lift our poor fallen nature. He must put himself beneath it. We need a living, loving, divine-human Redeemer. The heart cries out for a Saviour so near us as to win our tenderest love; and yet a Saviour so far above us as to command our highest rever-

ence. The soul needs just such a Saviour as was Jesus. It can know no true rest until it reposes on His bosom. Christ was more than a man. He was Man. He was the head of a new race. All the virtues of woman and all the nobilities of man are in him. He meets every want of our souls.

Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Amen. Heb. i: 9.

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