Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Christ in Christmas

"Although he healed the sick, raised the dead, caused the lame to walk and the blind to see, there is no miracle comparable to the miracle of Christ himself.

We live in a world of pomp and power...In this kind of world it is not easy to recognize that—

A baby born in a stable of the village of Bethlehem,

A boy reared as a carpenter of Nazareth,

A citizen of a conquered and subdued nation,

A man whose mortal footsteps never went beyond a radius of 240 kilometers, who never received a school degree, who never spoke from a great pulpit, who never owned a home, who traveled on foot and without purse, is actually the Creator of heaven and earth and all that in them are...

[H]e is the author of our salvation and his the only name whereby we must be saved...

[H]is matchless example [became] the greatest power for goodness and peace in all the world...

Jesus Christ is more than the symbol of a celebration. He is the Son of God, the Creator of the earth, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, the fulfillment of the Law of Moses, the Redeemer of mankind, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace."

--Gordon B. Hinckley
"What Shall I Do Then with Jesus Which is Called Christ?"

Here's to the Reason for Christmas,
The Brown-Eyed Girl