by Frank Pollard

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Luke 2
Did your folks, too, insist that you consider other people's rights
and concepts; not just your own? A favored expression around our house
was, "Put yourself in the other fella's shoes." When Christ came to this
earth He was carrying to the highest degree, an act of putting Himself in
our shoes.
Isn't it a matter of good comfort to know that the Great Physician
makes house calls?He does not merely answer our prayers with instructions
like: "Take two doses of hope and I'll see you at 10 on judgment day."
He came down here to treat us. He never caught our sin disease, but He
willingly suffered the horrible consequences of it so we could be cured.
Saviour. That's what the angel told Mary He would be. It means
rescuer. He does not shout swimming instructions from the shore to
drowning people. He jumps in with us. He knows our sin disease has so
maimed us morally and spiritually that we can not even tred water much
less stroke our way to eternity's shore. So He jumps in and saves all who
will let Him.
Other religions of this world set up their standards of excellance.
Spiritual attainment is plotted on a chart like a thermometer. By degrees
one supposedly p ls himself closer to God. But that is not the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us what we already know. We cannot
climb up to Him. So He came down to us. He does not single out the strong
and the good. He lovingly announces: "Come unto me, all ye that labor
and are heavy laden..."
Yes, the headlines of the Christmas story always must be "He has
come. Unto you a Saviour is born." Yet, like any event, it will mean
very little to us unless we make the proper response. The announcement
of an effective polio vaccine was fantastically great news. But the
only children protected from polio are those who use the vaccine.
There just may be some danger in Christmas stories that stir up
visions of then, with everyone walking around in san ...

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