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Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)
TITLE: A Profile of Christ on a Christmas Card
By Lyn Ruth
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His mother and father tenderly gaze at His gentle face while an anthem of angels serenades Him in the heaven above.
The shepherds stare with awe as the holy Baby yawns and wise men present their best gifts upon His feet.
People from all places gather to worship the blessed Savior, the fulfillment of God¡¯s promise in the olden times.
Looking at the pale blue Christmas card made me wonder,
Why God Almighty sent His only Son,
Whose birth has become central to humanity.
Contemplating closely at the portrait of the holy Baby¡¯s delicate features,
Makes me quiver with reverence and affection,
Because one day,
That beautiful Baby will be crashed and ravaged,
That fragile little body will be whipped till it bleeds,
That pure tiny heart will be driven with a lance,
That lovely frail head will be mockingly thrust with a crown of thorns,
Those small pink hands will be hammered with nails,
And those warm soft feet with curled up toes will willingly walk to the cross.
God could have sent the anthem of angels serenading Him in the heaven to deliver His message of hope.
God could have spoken to the holy Baby¡¯s mother and father to stand witness on His Word.
God could have directed the shepherds to testify about His glory.
God could have ordered the wise men to announce His gift of love.
God could have instructed the people, who gathered to worship the blessed Savior, to prove His truth.
But God did not use just anyone pictured on that pale blue Christmas card.
God¡¯s Word required the perfect Redeemer whose presence humankind should behold.
God saved the world through the blood of His own Son. That was the only condition.
Christmas cards decorated with chrysanthemum flowers,
Drawn with bells in various colors,
Even sketches of luminous evening stars,
With a full moon shining through,
Or illustrations of bright green Christmas trees,
And cartoons of carolers with cherubic voices,
May reflect the beauty of the Lord,
But they can never compare to the amazing Christ
Who was born to die so the world can live.
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