By Charles H. Spurgeon
Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” was once very conscious of the necessity to steer clear of seeing Christmas as a basically non secular vacation, open to commercialization and frivolity.
Accordingly, all through such a lot of his vast ministry he refused to change his instructing time table to slot in a “Christmas” sermon, as is so universal this present day. searching through Spurgeon’s big instructing archive, we discover basically 19 cases during which unique awareness was once given to the subject of Christmas.
Spurgeon’s concentration in those 19 sermons is overwhelmingly the who and why of Christmas. He marvelled on the truth that God could ship his basically Son into the area for those who by no means deserved it.
Christ got here into the realm to save lots of sinners. That was once Spurgeon’s concentration a hundred and fifty years in the past. we'd like that message now greater than ever.
Joy to the area, the Lord has come!
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Did you never see the depth of love there was in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy? There had been a sad day in Heaven once before, when Satan fell, and dragged with him a third of the stars of heaven, and when the Son of God launching from his great right hand the Omnipotent thunders, dashed the rebellious crew to the pit of perdition; but if we could conceive a grief in heaven, that must have been a sadder day, when the Son of the Most High left his Father’s bosom, where he had lain from before all worlds.
The love of a solitary and ascetic life, which is by some considered to be a divine virtue, is neither more nor less than a disease of the mind. In the ages when there was but little benevolence, and consequently few hands to build lunatic asylums, superstition supplied the lack of charity, and silly men and women were allowed the indulgence of their fancies in secluded haunts or in easy laziness. ” Avoid, my friends, above all things, those romantic and absurd conceptions of virtue which are the offspring of superstition and the enemies of righteousness.
He had been a raving madman; and when he came and knocked at the door, don’t you think you see his friends calling to one another in affright, “Oh! there he is again,” and the mother running up stairs and locking all the doors, because her son had come back that was raving mad; and the little ones crying because they knew what he had been before—how he cut himself with stones, because he was possessed with devils. And can you picture their joy, when the man said, “Mother! ” And when the father opened the door, he said, “Father!