C H Spurgeon on Christmas

https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/blog-entries/spurgeons-guidance-on-celebrating-christmas/

Phillip Ort December 21, 2018

In light of this, Spurgeon insisted that “the doctrine of the incarnation of Christ is meat to your soul,” while the “great truth” of his “substitutionary sacrifice” was “the most nourishing cordial to your heart.” Indeed, Spurgeon could not help but to exclaim, “Oh, that glorious doctrine…there is healing in it!”

For Spurgeon the response was simple, all were commanded to “Come and worship God manifest in the flesh.” Christians, like the wise men, were to “bring your offerings,” including the “gold of love,” the “frankincense of praise,” and the “myrrh of penitence.” Indeed, he said, “When you have realized all that Christ’s incarnation and death have meant for you…your heart must surely have danced at the sound of his name.”

However, the salvation wrought by this miracle which “out miracles miracle” came with implications. First, if anyone had “any doubt” about whether Jesus Christ was “willing” or “able” to save they had no cause for fear. For, Christ had proven his purpose when he “left the thrones and royalties of heaven to be born into this world as a babe.”

Second, the “great reality” of the Incarnation demanded that believers “turn away from all the frothy novelties of modern thought and the vain inventions of man.” Rather, the Christian was to “behold the crown of your adorable Lord,” and “dwell on the literal, historical incarnation of the Son of God.”

Finally, Spurgeon said that “when heaven entrusts a man with a merciful revelation, he is bound to deliver the good tidings.” Just as the angels were tasked with spreading the message abroad, so too then Christians “must keep this Christmas by telling to your fellow men” the great news of “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.”

This Christmas Spurgeon would have us contemplate Christ and His Incarnation and:

“GO HOME TO THY FRIENDS, AND TELL THEM HOW GREAT THINGS THE LORD HATH DONE FOR THEE AND HATH HAD COMPASSION ON THEE.” – MARK 5:19

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