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The Holy Child, Jesus
"That signs and wonders may be done by the name of Your holy Child, Jesus." Acts 4:30.
THE opposition of the world is often a very great blessing to the Church. If it is met by holy boldness, it is sure to
yield a glorious triumph for the servants of God. Sanctified by the Holy Spirit, out of the eater comes forth honey, for it
becomes an incentive to greater zeal. Now that the enemy is determined to conquer, the Church will be resolved to hold
Pressure from without drives the members of the Church together and so promotes holy love. And when love and
zeal come together, then there is such a blessed unity of action and such a power in every effort that great success must
follow. Woe unto the world when it persecutes the Church, for it kicks with its naked foot against the pricks! It stirs up a
nest of hornets about its own ears! Yes, it provokes the Lion of the tribe of Judah to spring upon His enemies.
Our text is a portion of an Apostolic song which celebrated the release of Peter and John and the confusion of the
priests and scribes. Every persecution shall yield songs of victory for the people of God. There is one sweet result which
always flows from the opposition of the world, namely, that it draws true disciples nearer to their Master. You will perceive
that they sing concerning the birth and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Lord is the theme of their
grateful song. The title by which they salute Him, "Your holy Child, Jesus," is most appropriate to their case. The history
of the Church is Christ's life written out in length.
Our Lord enters upon the world a holy Child when the Church begins her history, she is as a holy child, too, and
therefore rejoices in the childhood of her gracious Lord. How precious is it to see Jesus as made in all points like His people,
and how rapturous for His people to see their Redeemer's features drawn by the pencil of fellowship in themselves.
Trial is often sanctified to this noble end. Let the world oppress the Church. Let the members of that Church be thoroughly
weaned from any other ground of comfort. Let the Lord Jesus be their only rock and refuge and they will soon
perceive analogies in the history of Christ beautifully explaining their own analogies which they never would have discovered
except in the glare of the furnace.
In the chapter before us, the Apostles are thrown back upon the Person of Jesus for comfort, and they revel in the
thought of His being a child, because they discover in this His likeness to the Church, which, in its infancy, the enemy
sought to destroy, even as Herod sought to slay the newborn King of the Jews.
Brethren, whenever we endure adversities, or tribulations, or distresses, it is ours to turn to Christ and consider the
Apostle and High Priest of our profession. For we may rest assured that the black finger of our distresses will often point
out beauties in the Person of Immanuel up to now unseen. There is a certain spot from which alone each glorious trait in
the Savior's Character can be seen and many of our most painful positions are ordained for us in order that we may,
from their vantage ground, behold the Lamb of God.
Our subject this morning may, perhaps, be suitable to the experience of some. May the Lord make it useful to all.
Taking the text as we find it, we shall, first of all, meditate upon the humanity of Christ as here declared. Secondly, we
shall view it as here described "A holy Child." And thirdly, we shall then behold it in the glory which surrounds it signs
and wonders are worked by the name of the holy Child, Jesus.
I. First, then, dear Friends, may our hearts be enlightened to see, as the Apostles did, the beauty and excellence of
THE REAL HUMANITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
While we always contend that Christ is God, very God of very God, let us never lose the firm conviction He is most
certainly and truly a Man. He is not a God humanized, nor yet a human being deified. But as to His Godhead, pure Godhead,
equal and co-eternal with the Father. As to His Manhood, perfect Manhood made in all respects like unto the
rest of mankind, sin alone excepted. His humanity was real, for He was born. He lay hidden in the virgin's womb, and in
due time was born into a world of suffering. The gate by which we enter upon the first life, He also passed through.
He was not created, nor transformed, but His humanity was begotten and born. As He was born, so in the circumstances
of His birth, He is completely Human. He is as weak and feeble as any other babe. He is not even royal, but Human.
Those who were born in marble halls of old were wrapped in purple garments and were thought by the vulgar to be
a superior race. But this Babe is wrapped in swaddling cloths and has a manger for His cradle that the true Humanity
of His Being may come out.
More than a Man He is a Prince of the House of David. He knows the woes of a peasant's child. As He grows up,
the very growth shows how completely Human He is. He does not spring into full manhood at once, but He grows in stature
and in favor both with God and man. When He reaches man's estate, He gets the common stamp of manhood upon
His brow. "In the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread" is the common heritage of us all and He receives no better. The
carpenter's shop must witness to the toils of a Savior, and when He becomes the Preacher and the Prophet, still we read
such significant words as these "Jesus, being weary, sat thus on the well."
We find Him needing to betake Himself to rest in sleep. He slumbers at the stern of the vessel when it is tossed in the
midst of the tempest. Brethren, if sorrow is the mark of real manhood, and, "man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,"
certainly Jesus Christ has the true evidence of being a Man. If to hunger and to thirst are signs that He was no
shadow, and His manhood no fiction, you have these. If to associate with His fellow men and eat and drink as they did
will be proof to your mind that He was none other than a Man see Him sitting at a feast one day at another time He
graces a marriage supper.
And on another occasion He is hungry and "has not where to lay His head." Since the day when the prince of the
power of the air obtained dominion in this world, men are tempted and He, though He is born pure and holy, must not be
delivered from temptation
"The desert His temptation knew
His conflict and His victory, too."
The garden marked the bloody sweat as it started from every pore while He endured the agony of conflict with the prince
of this world.
If, since we have fallen and must endure temptation, we have need to pray, so had He
"Cold mountains and the midnight air
Witnessed the fervor of His prayer."
Strong crying and tears go up to Heaven mingled with His pleas and entreaties! What clearer proof could we have of His
being Man of the substance of His mother, and man like ourselves, than this, that He was heard in that He feared? There
appeared unto Him an angel strengthening Him. To whom but men are angels ministering spirits?
Brethren, we have never discovered the weakness of our manhood more than when God has deserted us. When the
spiritual consolations which comforted us have been withdrawn and the light of God's face has been hidden from us, then
we have said, "I am a worm and no man." And out of the dust and ashes of human weakness have we cried unto the most
high God. Let, "Eloi! Eloi! lama sabachthani" assure you that Christ has felt the same. Follow man wherever you will,
and you find the footprints of the Son of Mary. Go after man where you will, into scenes of sorrow of every hue, and you
shall find traces of Jesus' pilgrimage there. You shall find in whatever struggle and conflict of which man is capable, the
Captain of our salvation has had a share.
Leave out sin and Christ is the perfect picture of humanity. Simple as the truth is and lying as it does at the very basis
of our Christianity, yet let us not despise it, but try to get a personal grip of it if we can. Jesus, my Mediator, is a Man
"Immanuel, God with us." He is a Child born. He is better than that, for "unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is
given." He is to us a Brother. He is bone of our bone today. As a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves unto his
wife and they, two, become one flesh, so has He left the Glory of His Father's house and become one flesh with His people.
Flesh and bone, and blood and heart, that may ache and suffer, and be broken and be bruised, yes, and may die
such is Jesus.
For herein He completes the picture. As the whole human race must yield its neck to the great iron-crowned monarch,
so must Christ Himself say, "Into Your hands I commend My spirit, Father." He, too, must yield up the ghost. Oh,
Christian, see your nearness to Him and be glad this morning! Oh, Sinner, see His nearness to you! Come to Him with
confidence, for in body and soul He is completely Human. Having thus insisted upon the Humanity of Christ, let us
gather a few reflections from it. There are a thousand things which it indicates, but as the garden is too full of flowers for
us to bring them all, we have gathered but a handful.
As the first meditation, let us marvel at His condescension. It is the greatest miracle that was ever heard or read of,
that, "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." Cyprian well said, "I do not wonder at any miracle, but I do marvel
at this, which is a miracle among miracles, that God should become Man." That God should make a creature out of
nothing is certainly a marvelous manifestation of power, but that God should enter into that creature and should take it
into intimate union with His own Nature this is the strangest of all acts of condescending love!
Indeed, so marvelous is it, that in all the heathen mythologies though imagination has there played strange
freaks in their theology we do find instances of the gods appearing in the likeness of men yet never do we find anything
like the hypostatical union of the two natures in the Person of Christ. Human wisdom in its most happy moments
has never risen to anything like the thought of Deity espousing manhood, that man might be redeemed. To you and to
me the marvel lies in the motive which prompted the Incarnation. What could it have been that brought Immanuel to
such a stoop as this? What unrivalled, indescribable, unutterable love was this that made Him leave His Father's Glory,
the adoration of angels, and all the hallowed joy of Heaven, that He might be made a Man like ourselves, to suffer, to
bleed, to die?
"He was seen of angels," says the Apostle, and this was a great wonder, for the angels had worshipped at His Throne!
But their created eyes could not bear to look upon the brightness of His Person they veiled their faces with their wings
when they cried "Holy! Holy! Holy!" And yet, angels saw the Son of God lying in a manger! They saw the Lord of All
wrestling with a fallen spirit in the wilderness! They saw the Prince of Peace hanging upon the tree on Calvary! "Seen of
angels" was one of the wonders concerning the Incarnation of Christ.
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But that He should be seen of men? No, that He should be the Associate of the worst of men. That He should be
called the Friend of publicans and sinners, so perfectly incarnating Himself and condescending so low that He comes to
the very lowest state of humanity all this, my Brothers and Sisters, is condescension concerning which words fail me. A
prince who puts aside his crown and clothes himself with beggar's rags to investigate the miseries of his country is but a
worm condescending to his fellow worm. An angel that should lay aside his beauty and become decrepit and lame and
walk the streets in pain and poverty to bless the race of man were nothing, for this were but a creature humbling himself
to creatures a little lower than himself.
But here is the Creator taking the creature into union with Himself! The Immortal becoming mortal, the Infinite an
infant, the Omnipotent taking weakness, even human weakness into union with His own Person! We may truly say of
Jesus that He was weak as the dust and yet as mighty as the Eternal God. He was subject to suffering and yet God over
all, blessed forever. O the depth of the love of Jesus!
Let us reflect upon another theme. See the fitness of Christ for His work! He is perfect Man He could not be a Priest
if He were not. But now, "He can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, seeing He was tempted in all points like
as we are." Being not ashamed to call us Brothers and Sisters, He can compassionate the ignorant and those who are out
of the way. O Brothers and Sisters, if He were not Man, He could not have been our Substitute. Man sinned and man
must pay the penalty He must be perfect Man to make Atonement. If He were not Man, His righteousness would not
have availed us, for while we want a Divine righteousness to cover the infiniteness of God's demands, we want a righteousness
which is human, for it is that which the Law requires. O Soul, if you are in sadness and sickness today, let your
arms embrace the Man Christ Jesus. Feel in the fact that He is your Brother how suitable is such a Savior to your poverty,
your weakness and your sin.
Let us think, too, of another thought. Inasmuch as Christ is Man, think of His near relationship and union to His
people. He is no stranger of whom we speak He is our Brother no, more than that, He has become our Head. Not a
Head of gold and feet of clay, or limbs of baser metal. But as we are, so was He, that as He is, so might we be. It is Manhood
which is at the Head of the Church, as it is manhood which constitutes the members. Union to Jesus is, methinks,
the sweetest doctrine in Revelation. There are other doctrines which possess a more transcendent grandeur, but the doctrine
of union is the quintessence of all delights. What is Heaven but union to Christ realized? And what shall be the foretaste of Heaven but union to Christ believed? As you see Him then completely such as you are know, Christian, how
near, how dear, how intimately one with Him you are and be glad this day!
Let me give you another flower. See the glory of manhood now, restored! Man was but a little lower than the angels
and had dominion over the fowl of the air and over the fish of the sea. That royalty he lost. The crown was taken from his
head by the hand of sin and the beauty of the image of God was dashed by his rebellion. But all this is given back to us.
We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor. And
at this day all things are put under Him, waiting, as He does, and expecting the time when all His enemies shall be beneath
His feet and the last enemy, Death, shall be destroyed by man by the very Man whom he boasted that he had destroyed.
It is our nature, Brothers and Sisters, Jesus in our manhood, who is now Lord of Providence. It is our nature which
has hanging at its girdle the sovereign keys of Heaven and earth and Hell. It is our nature which sits upon the Throne of
God at this very day. No angel ever sat upon God's Throne, but a Man has done it and is doing it now! Of no angel was it
ever said, "You shall be King of kings and Lord of lords, they that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before You, and
Your enemies shall lick the dust." But this is said of a Man. It is the Man who shall judge the world in righteousness. The
Man who shall distribute crowns of reward the Man who shall denounce, "Depart, you cursed."
The Man, the thunder of whose words shall make Hell shrink with fright. Oh, how glorious is renovated manhood!
What an honor it is, my Brothers and Sisters, to be man, not of the fallen first Adam, but man made in the image in the
second Adam! Let us, with all our weaknesses and infirmities and imperfections yet bless and praise God, who made us
what we are by His Divine Grace, for Man, in the Person of Christ, is second only to God no, is in such union with
God, that he cannot be nearer to Him.
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When we think of the true and proper Manhood of Christ, ought we not to rejoice that a blessed channel is opened by
which God's mercy can come to us? "How can God reach man?" was once the question. But now, Brothers and Sisters,
there is another question "How can God refuse to bless those men who are in Christ? "The everlasting Father must
bless His Only-Begotten Son and in blessing Him He has blessed a Man, and that Man, having all the elect in His loins,
they are necessarily all blessed in Him. Look upon the Person of Christ as that of a representative individual. Whatever
Christ is, all His elect are, just as whatever Adam was all men who were in him became.
If Adam fell, all manhood fell. If Christ stands and is honored and glorified, then all who are in Christ that is the
goodly fellowship of His elect are all blessed in Him. Now it is utterly impossible but that God should bless Jesus
Christ, for Jesus Christ is forever One with God and His Manhood is also One with Godhead. As an old writer observes,
"The nearest union that we know of is the union between the Humanity and the Divinity in the Person of Christ. That of
the three Persons in the Trinity may rather be called a unity than a union but this is the closest union we know of the
union between Humanity and Deity in Christ."
So complete is it that you cannot think of Christ aright as a Man apart from God, nor as God apart from Man. The
very idea of Christ has in it the two Natures and it is a clear impossibility that the Godhead should not impart of its
blessedness to the Manhood. And that Manhood being thus blessed, every elect soul is necessarily blessed, also. O see what
a channel is thus opened! A channel through which the stream cannot but flow! A golden pipe through which Divine
Grace cannot but come! The laws of nature might be reversed, but not the Laws of God's Nature and it is a Law of God's
Nature that in the Person of Christ the Deity must bless the Manhood.
And that Manhood being blessed, it is another Law that elect manhood must be blessed, since that elect manhood is
forever indissolubly bound up with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. See what a deep and broad river is here opened
for us, and what a fullness there is in that river for all the fullness of the Deity dwells in Christ and the fullness of that
Deity thus flows to man.
See again, Beloved, what a door of access is thus opened between us and God! I am a man. Christ is a Man. I come to
the Man Christ Jesus no I have not even to do that I am in the Man Christ. If I am a Believer, I am a portion of Him.
Well, being a portion of the Man Christ and God being united with Him, I am very near unto God. I have such nearness
of access, then, to God, that whatever may be my desires and my prayers, I have no need to climb to Heaven nor to descend
into the depth in order to obtain them. For God's ear must be near to me inasmuch as God is in Christ, and my
soul being in Christ I am very, very near to God.
Christ's Body is the veil that hangs before the majesty of God. That veil was rent. And whoever by a living faith
knows how to come through the rent Body of the Man, Christ, comes at once into the Presence of God. Such communion,
such sacred commerce such blessed interchanges between mankind and God could never have taken place in any
other plan. That ladder which Jacob saw was but a faint and dreamy picture of this. This is no ladder, but the access is
such as though God, who was at the top of Jacob's ladder, had come down to Jacob as he lay sleeping there. There is no
ladder wanted now the Person of Christ brings God to man brings man to God in closer contact than the ladder can
ever picture. Brethren, let us come boldly unto the Throne of the heavenly Grace, to obtain Grace to help in every time of
Another thing I cannot leave out is this Beloved, do see it, do see it how safe we are! Our soul's estate was once
put in the hands of Adam he was a fallible man how unsafe our salvation was then! The salvation of every Believer
now is in the hand of a Man. It is the Man Christ Jesus! And what a Man! Can He fail? Can He sin? Can He fall? O no,
Beloved, for the Deity is in intimate union with the manhood and the Man Christ Jesus, since He can never sin, can never
fall and is therefore a sure foundation for the perpetual salvation of all the elect. When the angels were all in Heaven,
before the fall of Satan, methinks they could never be perfectly happy because they knew that if they sinned they would
perish. And this surely would mar their bliss because there was a fear of their losing all their glory.
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But, Beloved, our salvation does not rest with ourselves. We may have all the joy of perfect security because it rests in
the hands of One who cannot by any possibility sin. One who cannot err, cannot fail, but who stands fast forever, from
everlasting to everlasting God. See then, the comfort and security of God's people! But, indeed, there are so many sheaves
in this field of Incarnation that I cannot possibly unbind them all for you. You must come and pluck an ear or two for
yourselves and rub them in your hands on this Sunday, that your hunger may be relieved.
Beloved, do you not see that here is your adoption? You become sons of God because Christ becomes a son of man. Do
you not perceive that here is your acceptance? The Man, Christ, is accepted and you, since He stands for you, are accepted
in Him. No, there is not a mercy in the Covenant, there is not a single stream of blessing which flows to the Believer that
does not spring from the fact that Christ is to be called the "holy Child Jesus," being most certainly and properly a Man.
Thus much, then, upon the first point.
II. Now let us VIEW THE HUMANITY AS IT IS HERE DESCRIBED. The words teach it to us holy Child.
Christ's Humanity was perfectly holy. Upon this doctrine you are well established but you may well wonder that Jesus
was always holy. He is conceived of a woman and yet no sort of sin comes from His birth. "That holy Thing which is born
of you shall be called the Son of God." He is educated in the midst of sinful persons. It could not be otherwise, for there
were none on earth that could be called good all having become unprofitable and although residing in the midst of
sinners, in Him is no taint or trace of sin.
He goes into the world, and as a physician must mingle with the sick, so He is found in the very worst of society. The
harlot may speak to Him and from the publican He turns not away. Yet from none of these did He receive any corrupt
influence. He is tempted and it is usually supposed that a man can scarcely be tempted, even should he overcome the temptation,
without receiving some injury to his innocence. But the prince of this world came and had nothing in Christ his
fiery darts fell upon the Nature of Christ as upon water and were quenched at once. Satan was but as one who should
whip the sea. He left no mark upon the perfect holiness of Christ.
Imputation of sin would be the nearest approach to making our Lord a sinner. But let it ever be remembered that
though Jehovah made Him to be sin for us, yet He knew no sin. The world's sin was put upon the shoulders of Christ and
yet He had no sin for all that. The imputation was accomplished in such a manner that it did not in any sense or in any
degree derogate from His title to perfect holiness. I have read sermons upon the imputation of sin to Christ which have
left painful impressions upon my mind, because I remember to have met with the expression that Christ was the greatest
sinner that ever lived, because He stood in the place of millions of sinners.
Now it is true that Jesus took the sinner's place, but yet He never was a sinner, nor ever can in any sense be thought
of as unholy. The great Redeemer stood perfect, pure, spotless. Even in the conflict, when all the powers of Hell were let
loose against Him and when God Himself had withdrawn that withdrawal of God from us would have hardened our
hearts but it did not harden His heart. The taking away of God's Grace from us is the ruin of our graces. But He had a
wellspring of Divine Grace within Himself and His purity lived on when God had withdrawn from Him. From the first
dawn of His humanity in the womb to the time when He is laid in the new tomb, He is "holy."
The next word is one that requires most attention. Why is Christ called a "holy Child"? We can understand His being
called a Child while He was so, but why a "holy Child" now that He is ascended up on High? Why, dear Friends, because
the Character of Christ is more aptly pictured by that of a child than that of a man! If you conceive of a perfectly
holy Child, you have, then, before you a representation of Christ. There is that in childhood, in holy childhood, which
you cannot find even in holy manhood. You note in childhood its simplicity the absence of all cunning.
We dare not in manhood usually wear our heart upon our sleeve as children do. We have lost the trustfulness of our
youth and are upon our guard in society. We have learned by very painful experience to suspect others and we walk
among our fellow men often with our heart locked up with many locks, thinking that when thieves are abroad, good
housekeepers must not leave the door open. We have to practice the wisdom of serpents, as well as the harmlessness of
But a child is perfectly guileless. It prattles out its little heart. It has no caution or reserve. It cannot scheme, for it
cannot go round about with the skillful words of the politician. It knows not how to spin the web of sophistry. It is
plain, transparent, and you see through it. Now such was Christ. Not foolish, for there is much difference between simplicity
and folly. He was never foolish. They who mistook Him for such and sought to entrap Him soon discovered that
the Child was a wise Child. Still He is ever a Child He tells His heart out everywhere. He eats, He drinks like other men.
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They call Him a drunken man and a wine-bibber. Does He, then, from prudential motives, cease to eat and drink as other
men? O no! He is quite a Child! In everything that He does there is an artless simplicity. You see through Him and you
can trust Him, because there is a trustfulness about His whole Nature. He knows what is in man, yet He does not act with
suspicion towards men, but ever with simplicity.
In a child we expect to see much humbleness. There is a humbleness of association. There is a little child yonder it
is a king's daughter and here is another little child belonging to a gypsy woman. Leave the two in a room and see if they
will not be at play together in five minutes. If it had been the queen and the gypsy woman, they would have sat as far
apart as possible. O no! They do not associate together at all! Distinctions of rank and all that kind of thing they studiously
maintain and, therefore, remain isolated. But the two children will be down on the floor together and if there happens
to be some little heap of dust or a few pieces of broken crock, the princess will find in them almost as much mirth as
the beggar woman's child. Here is humbleness of mind.
So with Christ He is King of kings and Prince of the house of David yet He is always with the poor and needy,
and sympathizes with them just as heartily as though He were altogether such as they were. You do not find little children
sitting down and planning how they shall win crowns in what way they shall obtain popularity or applause. O
no! They are quite satisfied to do their father's will and live on his smile. It is so with Christ. What a childlike act that
was when they would have made Him a king, He went and hid Himself! And how childlike does He seem when He rides
upon the colt, the foal of an ass, through the streets of Jerusalem and must have the mother ass there, too, lest either of
the two creatures should be distressed. He is the Friend of the brute creation as well as of man in general so thoughtful
and so kind, so simple, so humble in all that He does.
We picture a holy Child as being all obedient. You have but to say to it, "Do this," and it does it. It asks no questions.
Was it not so with Jesus His whole life long? "My meat and My drink is to do the will of Him that sent Me."
"Know you not that I must be about My Father's business?" So, again, we look in holy children for a forgiving temper.
We know that sometimes the blood comes up in the little face and a little angry quarrel ensues, but it is soon over and
with their arms about each other's neck, and many a loving kiss, it is soon made up again by the little ones. Well, with
Jesus this characteristic of childhood is carried out to the fullest extent, for His latest words are, "Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do."
Ah, holy Child! No fire from Heaven do You call, like John. No denunciations come from Your lips against sinners.
"Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more," says He to the woman taken in adultery. He is the child all through.
Scripture calls Him the Man-Child and what if we call Him the great Child-Man? He was a Child when He had become a
Man. He never had childish things to put away in the sense in which the Apostle speaks of it, for as to all the folly and the
littleness and giddiness of youth, Christ knew not these. He knew everything that is beautiful, and lovely and just, in the
virgin innocence of a pure and holy Child such as children would have been, if their parents had not fallen. All this you
see in the Person of Christ Jesus.
Beloved, I think there is something very sweet in this picture of Christ's Humanity, because we are none of us afraid
to approach a child. Men that are childlike men we are never afraid of. You know certain people in the world you
could not tell your trouble to them. They have a haughty manner. They look down upon you. You feel that you can never
reach their hearts. There are certain others with an open and honest face and you instinctively feel, "There, I can tell that
man anything. I know I can. If I were in any kind of distress, or trouble, I would go to him I know he would help me if
he could." Well, that is because such a man has a degree of childlikeness about him.
Now in the Person of Christ there is all this carried out to the fullest degree. Come, then, and tell Jesus everything.
Whatever your trouble or difficulty may be, stand not back through shame or fear. Will you fear Immanuel, or dread the
Lamb of God? Will you be afraid of a holy Child? No, rather come, and like Simeon, take Him in your arms and own
Him as your consolation and your trust. I would I could get a hold this morning on those timid ones who always say, "I
am afraid of Jesus." Why, dear Friends, how can you talk so? You do Him wrong. You know Him not, or you would not
thus speak. This is the unkindest cut of all, to think that He is unwilling to forgive. Dying for you, living as a holy Child
for you O can it be, can it be possible that He should be hard to forgive and receive you?
Thinking of a holy child while I looked through this verse, I turned to Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's story of Eva and
little Topsy. She gives a graphic picture there of a holy child, indeed. There is the Law in the person of Miss Ophelia
she whips the child, but the more she whips her, the worse she is, she gets no further than, "I's so wicked, I can't help it.
I's so wicked." That is all the Law can do. It can only make a man feel he is "so wicked," that he cannot help it, and he
goes on sinning. But what a picture is that when St. Clair draws the curtain and sees the two little children sitting with
their cheeks together.
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Eva says, "What does make you so bad, Topsy? Why won't you try and be good? Don't you love anybody, Topsy?"
"Don't no nothing 'bout love. I loves candy and sich, that's all," said Topsy. "But you love your father and mother?"
"Never had none, you know. I telled you that, Miss Eva." "Oh, I know," said Eva sadly, "but hadn't you any brother, or
sister, or aunt, or " "No, none of 'em never had nothing nor nobody." "But, Topsy, if you'd only try to be good,
you might." "Couldn't never be nothin' but a Nigger, if I was ever so good," said Topsy.
"O Topsy, poor child, I love you!" said Eva, with a sudden burst of feeling. And laying her little thin white hand on
Topsy's shoulder, she said, "I love you because you haven't had any father, or mother, or friends because you've been a
poor, abused child! I love you and I want you to be good. I am very unwell, Topsy, and I think I shan't live a great while.
And it really grieves me to have you be so naughty. I wish you would try to be good for my sake. It's only a little while I
shall be with you." The round, keen eyes of the black child were overcast with tears large, bright drops rolled heavily
down, one by one, and fell on the little white hand.
Yes, in that moment, a ray of real belief, a ray of heavenly love had penetrated the darkness of her heathen soul! She
laid her head down between her knees, and wept and sobbed while the beautiful child, bending over her, looked like
the picture of some bright angel stooping to reclaim a sinner. Now something like this, only in a far nobler style, Jesus
Christ has behaved towards us. He sees us lost and ruined, wicked hopelessly wicked and He comes as a holy Child
and sits down by our ruined humanity. And He says, "I love you I love you because you are so lost, so ruined, so hopelessly
ruined because I know the dreadful doom into which you will fall. There is nothing in you that makes Me loves
you, but I do love you. I cannot bear to see you die like this. I would sooner die than you should remain a sinner. I would
sooner die and bear My Father's wrath for you, than that you should be a sinner and disobedient to Him."
The holy Child sits down by you this morning and weeps for you. Will you grieve Immanuel? Will you break the
heart of Jesus, your soul's Lover? Oh, will you open His wounds afresh and crucify Him again? If you would not, then
trust Him now fly to Him give yourselves up to Him. He waits to be gracious to you. His loving arms are wide open
to receive you. "Whosoever will," says He, "let him come and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out." Such is
the coming of the "holy Child Jesus."
III. To conclude it seems that the name of this holy Child is to work great wonders. Only for one second let us turn
aside and behold THE GLORY OF HIS HUMANITY.
Although Christ was a Man, all the powers of nature knew their
Master and crouched at His feet. He could command the sea or the boisterous wind diseases, the myrmidons of death,
and Death their prince, all owned allegiance to Him who is immortality and life. After His resurrection He endowed His
disciples with His own power and more than His own power "For greater works than these shall you do, because I go
unto My Father."
The name of Jesus was uttered, uttered by feeble men and devils fled, dumb mouths began to sing, lame men leaped
like a hart and the blind began to see no, in several instances the grave, itself, yielded up its prey when the name of Jesus
sounded through its hollow vaults! The age of miracles passed off, it was well it should. Miracles are but the cradle in
which the man-child, the Church, must be rocked. When the Church became strong enough to stand alone, she left her
swaddling bands behind her. But the name of Jesus has not less power today because no risen dead, no opened eyes follow
in our train.
At this hour, dead souls hear the voice of God and live. At this moment, spiritual eyesight is restored hearts that
were stone are turned to flesh and tongues that were ready enough at cursing begin to sing. The miracles of the spirit
world are infinitely greater than those of the natural. It is little to turn a stone into bread, but it is much to turn a stony
heart into flesh. It is comparatively little to open a blind eye, but it is Divine, indeed, to enlighten the understanding and
illuminate the dark heart. The name of Jesus is just as mighty in this Tabernacle, today, as it was on the lips of Paul upon
Mars Hill, or when he stood in his own hired house in Rome.
Do not say that you entertain a doubt concerning it. Look around and see the proofs. O Brothers and Sisters, you
and I have been the willing trophies of the power of that great name in this House, or in the Surrey Music Hall and elsewhere,
where that name was proclaimed! We received a broken heart we who once had hearts hard as adamant! There
the tears of repentance began to flow. There the griefs, the heavy glooms of our spirit were scattered by the Sun of Righteousness.
If we have been made to walk in holiness, this is one of the signs and wonders of His name. If drunkenness and
lust have been shaken off, this, too, is to His praise.
If the demoniac, the man who was full of devilry, has been clothed and made to sit in his right mind at the feet of Jesus,
this is another of the signs and wonders in this place not only in this great chamber, but below stairs in our classes
and in our Sunday schools, too, signs and wonders are worked by the name of the holy Child, Jesus. And in other places
of worship in London, wherever Christ is lifted up wherever His sacrifice is made the prominent theme the dry bones
in the valley come together the Spirit breathes upon them and they live as an exceeding great army! We defy the whole
world to show anything comparable to the power of Jesus' name!
There is more magic in it than ever was in Moses' rod. It is more mighty even than his voice, though he divided the
Red Sea and brought water out of the rock. Brethren, let us spread His name. Let it be always on our tongues. Let us
each, in our proper sphere, declare His glory and we shall see His kingdom come and His will shall be done on earth even
as it is in Heaven. I wonder whether there is anyone here who will be a sign and wonder of the love of Christ! Do you wish
to be? Ah, then, I hope you are. Do you wish to be? Then, the door is open. "Whosoever believes in Him is not condemned."
One look at Jesus, and you are saved a trustful casting of yourself on Him and you are delivered!
God enable you to do this now and you shall see in the change which is worked within you, an internal evidence of
the majesty of Christ's Person, which shall never fail you. You shall be established by that which you feel within in so
sure and certain a manner that the arguments of infidelity or deism shall never be able to shake you off the Rock. May
God grant this for His holy name's sake. Amen.