Merry Christmas to all my Life Is Worship readers!
Who can be astonished at anything when he has once learned the mystery of the manger and the cross?
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.
George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)
Let us consider well how highly we have been honored by the fact that Christ, the Son of God, became man. So great is this honor that if one of us were an angel, he might rightly wish he were a man, so that he could say: My flesh and blood is enthroned above all angels.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
God could, had He pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility He chose to be incarnate in a man of delicate sensibilities who wept at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane. Otherwise we should have missed the great lesson that it is by his will alone that a man is good or bad, and that feelings are not, in themselves, of any importance. We should also have missed the all-important help of knowing that He has faced all that the weakest of us face, has shared not only the strength of our nature but every weakness of it except sin. If He had been incarnate in a man of immense natural courage, that would have been for many of us almost the same as His not being incarnate at all.
C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Christmas is built on a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
The glory of the incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man — one who is all that God is and at the same time all that man is: on whose almighty arm we can rest, and to whose human sympathy we can appeal. We cannot afford to lose either the God in the man or the man in the God; our hearts cry out for the complete God-man whom the Scriptures offer to us.
B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)