The Far-Off, Near; The Near, Far Off
Charles H. Spurgeon
I am not going to expound the whole passage that I have read as a text; but I desire to help you to gather some lessons from this familiar narrative.
"When Jesus was born." A stir begins as soon as Christ is born. He has not spoken a word; He has not wrought a miracle; He has not proclaimed a single doctrine; but "when Jesus was born," at the very first, while as yet you hear nothing but infant cries, and can see nothing but infant weakness, still His influence upon the world is manifest. "When Jesus was born, there came wise men from the east," and so on. There is infinite power even in an infant Savior. When Jesus is born in the heart, and there are only the feeblest impulses toward righteousness and repentance with regard to sin, He makes a stir in our whole nature. The most distant faculty feels that something wonderful has happened. When Christ is formed in us, the hope of glory, a sacred revolution commences within us. When Christ is born in a village, a town, a city, the first sinner converted, the first open-air sermon preached, the first giving away of sacred literature, makes a stir. It is wonderful how soon it begins to manifest itself. Somebody or other is affected by the fact that Christ has come; He cannot be hid. The first match struck makes a great blaze. Jesus of Nazareth is so potent a factor in the world of mind that, no sooner is He there in His utmost weakness, a newborn King, than He begins to reign. Before He mounts the throne, friends bring Him presents, and His enemies compass His death. Oh, that the Lord Jesus might be here tonight, if it be but as new born, in some few hearts! There will be a result from Christ's coming, even though I preach Him very feebly, though you may say that I can only bring to you an infant Christ, though my power of speech may fail me, and I may but set Him forth in His littleness rather than in His greatness. When Christ is born, whe ...
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