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At Bethelehem


 

 

 

      Come; see the place where the young Child lay. Look at the manger: there is the Lamb for the burnt-offering, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. These little tender hands shall yet be torn; these feet, that have not yet trod this rough earth, shall be nailed to the tree. That side shall yet be pierced by a Roman spear; that back shall be scourged; that cheek shall be buffeted and spit upon; that brow shall be crowned with thorns; --and all for you! Is not this love? Is it not the great love of God? And in this love is there not life? And in this life is there not salvation, and a kingdom, and a throne?

 

      At Bethlehem, the fountain of love was opened, and its waters have gushed out in their fullness. The well of David has overflowed the earth, and the nations now may drink. The good news have gone forth from the city of David, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

 

      Would you learn the way to God? Go to Bethlehem. See yon infant: It is God; the Word made flesh. He is “the Way.” No man cometh to the Father but by Him. Go and deal with Him. So shall Bethlehem be to you the gate of heaven.   

 

      Would you learn the vanity of earth? Go to yon manger where the Lord of glory lies. That is reality; all else is hollow. What a vain world is this of ours! Yon manger contains the only thing on earth of which it cannot be said, “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

 

~  Horatius Bonar  ~

(1808 - 1889)


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