What child is this?
December 19, 2013
No, I’m not thinking of the song, but asking the question literally. What child are we honoring at this season? Certainly we all know the story of the birth of Jesus over two millennia ago, recounted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Of him, John writes that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” (see chapter 3, verse 16)
Many children were born at the same time. But it is this one child, this harbinger of hope and peace, whose birth we celebrate. We know nothing of the actual delivery of Jesus, only that it called wise men and shepherds and caused angels to announce its glorious promise.
And what is the promise of this child? Certainly Jesus was not a warrior who came to deliver men then and now from dictators or occupiers. Yet his power – the godliness which animated him, to quote Mary Baker Eddy – freed all mankind throughout all time from the oppression of sin, disease, and death, today included. You and me included. (Science and Health page 26)
Is that the child we are acknowledging?
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Cor. 9:16)
Merry Christmas to you all.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.