THE BABY GREW UP
The Christmas story is the story of a baby. That is a part of its inexhaustible pull on the mind and the heart of humanity. But it is also a liability. For a great many people become so entranced with the beautiful story of a baby in a manger that they miss the chief point of the story, and hence do not feel the compulsion it lays on life. We can become so charmed with the story of a baby that we grow sentimental about it; it does not ask that we do anything about it; it does not demand any vital change in our way of thinking and living. But the main point of the story is that the baby grew up! He grew up to become the sternest challenge to a world of hard power that had ever been made. He was no sentimentalist; He was a terrible realist! Everything opposed to love and unity in our world,…
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