A Christmas Meditation -- By: Frederick Zollicoffer Browne

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 092:368 (Oct 1935)
Article: A Christmas Meditation
Author: Frederick Zollicoffer Browne


A Christmas Meditation

Frederick Zollicoffer Browne

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,, and shall call his name Immanuel”; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7).

1. The Birth of the King

As we are approaching the day celebrated almost universally in Christendom as the anniversary of the King’s birth, it seems fitting and appropriate that that event should be the majestic theme of the present discussion. No more beautiful reference to the King’s birth, character, attributes, and coming kingdom glory can be found in all the Scriptures than is found in Isaiah 9:6, 7. This passage, therefore, above others, will furnish us our text.

2. The King’s Preëxistence

When we begin to speak of the birth of that One who is to be King of kings and Lord of lords, the first great fact that we must take into account is the fact of the King’s preëxistence. Poets, Wordsworth for example, have dreamed of human preëxistence, and some false religions have taught it. According to the unerring Word of God, however, man’s existence begins with his birth into this world. Only for One who ever walked the earth in human form, the Divine-human Messiah of God, can preëxistence be claimed. Therefore, Isaiah begins his great announcement concerning the

birth of the king with the double statement, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” His meaning is that as a human being the life of our Lord had a beginning in birth. As the eternal Son, however, He could have no birth nor beginning, for as co-equal with God, and God Himself, in the mysteries of the Trinity, He had always existed. Just here, on this momentous and all important topic, let us hear other words of inspiration-better than uninspired man’s words, however laboriously conceived and skilfully expressed-witnessing to the King as the Eternal Son: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israe...

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