What can we do to ensure that we do not distort, dilute, or diminish the truths surrounding Christ’s birth? The simplest answer is to meditate upon the scriptural accounts of Christ’s birth—examine every detail so we can insulate our hearts from the world’s efforts to silence the gospel as well as our own tendencies to forget the reason for the season. This small reflection is a collection of fifteen years of preaching with the singular message of not losing sight of the real meaning of the birth of Christ. The Birth of Christ is applicable both during the Christmas season and throughout the year for every Christian to refocus upon Christ—the reason for the season.
Table of Contents:
1. Mary’s Magnificat
2. The Birth of Christ
3. O Come Emmanuel
4. The Magi and the King
5. Simeon’s Prayer
J. V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Harriet Barbour Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.
“The incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ not only inspire angelic song and congregational praise, but they are also essential to orthodox Christianity. In this wonderful little book, John Fesko helps us to understand and cherish these and other glorious truths related to the advent story. It’s a must-read. Indeed, in these pages you will discover afresh the ineffable love of God in the sending of His only begotten Son.” — Jon D. Payne, senior pastor, Christ Church Presbyterian, Charleston, South Carolina
“This little book cuts through crass commercialism, brushes away the tinsel, and silences Jingle Bells. But far from joining Scrooge in despising Christmas cheer, Dr. Fesko helps us see clearly the wonder and joy of the first coming of Christ. His expositions are accessible, informed by the Old Testament, and relevant to the life of the Christian. This would make good devotional reading during the Advent season or a lovely gift for anyone considering the meaning of the incarnation.” — David Strain, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi