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Christ Came Down!

Luke 2:1-7

" Long ago a child came down
To a little sleepy town,
And upon that Christmas morn
Christ the heavenly King was born.
Over His bed a mother fair
Watched her child with tender care;
And through all the night so long,
Mary sang a cradle song.
Tis a story old yet new,
And every bit of it is true,
And I'm glad that Christ came down
To that sleepy little town
--Carolyn Freeman

Galatians 4:4: " But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son..."
The overruling providence of God appears in this simple fact.

Little did the haughty Roman emperor and his officer Cyrenius think that they were instruments in the hand of the God of Israel.
Little did they know that they were carrying out the eternal purposes of the King of Kings.

The heart of every believer should take comfort in the recollection of God's providential government of the world.
A Christian should never be greatly moved or disturbed by the conduct of the rulers of the earth.
We should see with the eyes of faith a Hand overruling all that they might do to the praise of God.

Our Lord arrived on the scene of human history when preparations, conducted through the previous ages, was complete.
It was four hundred years since the last prophet had spoken.
And during the interval the nation had been particularly active in arranging, comparing, discussing,
and weighing the great treasures of the past.

Therefore, there was an "expectation of Israel" for which all good men were waiting.
God had spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets of that which had been planned before the world began.

The hour had come and men were watching...
"While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around,
And glory shone around.

That moment had come!
God sent forth His Son!

"There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

" O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in -
Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

Jesus, who had glory with God before the world was, was born among cattle in a lantern-lit barn in Bethlehem
"because there was no room for them in the inn." But Christ's birth and life and death made little Bethlehem, the little of the thousands of Judah ((Micah 5:2),
mightier than Caesar's throne; mightier than Plato's school: mightier than Zion's fame; for Jesus was
the Light - God seen; the Word - God heard; the Life - God felt.

Christ who made all things in creation was made flesh. Such great things Jesus said about Himself: Human language falls short of expressing all that He is, even as a thimble lacks the capacity to hold Niagara Falls.
Fact of Facts - The Bible's Theme:
He Stands Alone, August, Unique, Supreme!

His name shall be called Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6), though a thousand names be used. Jesus knew men better than they knew themselves: And He knows me!
And He knows you!
He Knows us through and through!
Watch Him! He had no weakness. Across the ages we still hear the voice of God, as it was heard at His baptism in the Jordan:
" This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

Jesus cannot be duplicated. Divinely distinct, He resembles no one: Folks gave themselves to Jesus and served Him all their lives.
That is the greatest giving and the greatest serving! The Question Is: What will we give him this Christmas?

" I shall have gifts at Christmas,
and shall I fail to bring
My Christmas gift - a loving heart -
To Jesus Christ the King!
Jesus my Lord
No softly cushioned cradle,
No couch He had,
But in a hay-filled manger
He laid His head,
And midst the lowing cattle
He made His bed -
Jesus My LORD!
Lord, Thou hast given so freely
Thine all to me,
And Thou hast borne my judgment
On Calvary,
All gladly now I offer
My all to Thee,
Jesus My Lord!

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
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