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The Joy Of Christmas

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we have seen His glory: the glory of an only Son coming from the Father, filled with enduring love
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5,9-14

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Scripture Summary John 1:14


When he was a young man, Joshua Liebman made a list of the things he would like to have. The list was long and included such things as health, love, talent, power, wealth, and fame. He showed the list around, asking others for their opinion. A wise old friend of the young man's family looked the list over and said, "Joshua, this is an excellent list. It is well-digested in content. It is set down in a reasonable order. But it appears, my young friend, that you have omitted the most important element of all. You have forgotten one ingredient, lacking which, each possession becomes a hideous torment, and your list as a whole, an intolerable burden." "And what is that missing ingredient?" Joshua asked. The wise old friend replied by taking a pencil and crossing out Joshua's entire list. Then he wrote down three words: "Peace of mind." That young man, Joshua Liebman, later became the author of the inspiring book called "Peace of Mind" which has sold millions of copies.

As a matter of fact, in recent years a great many books have been published on the same theme and most of them have been big sellers. More than anything else we might place on our list of "wants," down at the deepest level of our being we want "peace of mind." Jesus came into the world, under the most extraordinary circumstances, to give us peace of mind and soul.

Think of those times into which Jesus was born! Palestine was a place of social upheaval. The Roman Empire held its heavy military hand over the whole Mediterranean world. Zealots were plotting assassinations and acts of terrorism. The rich and the powerful -- the very few -- lorded it over the impoverished masses. Religious leaders played games with the occupying forces in order to maintain their positions of influence. Jerusalem was a place where centuries of bloodshed and confrontation had persisted. That the blessed Babe could survive in spite of those heavy odds is a miracle in itself. That the Child grew strong and became the timeless Source [...]

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