Classic and contemporary excerpts.

The gift of me

When He comes At midnight, He does not Ask a tree; A crèche, A star A candle—Only me.

Sallie Chesham in Wind Chimes

Whose gifts?

The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.

John Haynes Holmes in Wisdom in Small Doses

The ultimate contextualization

The gospel must be culturally contextualized, yet it must “gospelize” the cultural context itself. The incarnation is the ultimate event of contextualization. This means that the gospel remains a stumbling block and no contextualization can domesticate it.

Shoki Coe, quoted by Kosuke Koyama in the Christian Century (July 14–21, 1993)

Our everything

All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is.… He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn.

That is what Christmas means—to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want.

Michael Card in The Promise

He was All

The Christ child is the real model of this “littleness,” this poverty, this nothingness. And yet He was All.

God lacked nothing, but there was just one thing He did not have, did not know about: littleness, weakness. He wanted to experience it in Jesus and there, right there, He showed us the right relationship between creature and Creator.

Carlo Caretto in Letters to Dolcidia

When history changed

Whether he was born in 4 B.C. or A.D. 6, in Bethlehem or Nazareth, whether there were multitudes of the heavenly host to hymn the glory of it or just Mary and her husband—when the child was born, the whole ...

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