The Word was made flesh! He became truly man — in everything but sin. All the nations of the earth God had made of one blood. And of that one blood was the Word made partaker, becoming bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh — his body of the very substance of the Virgin.
Thus Bethlehem becomes the link between heaven and earth. God and man meet there, and look each other in the face. In the young child man sees God, and God sees man.
There is joy in heaven, there is joy on Earth and the same song suits both. Glory to God in the highest; on Earth peace and good will toward man.
The lesson taught us at Bethlehem is the lesson of grace; the grace of God, the grace of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Bethlehem must not indeed stand alone. We must associate it with Jerusalem. We must bring the cradle and the cross together. The prince of peace is there. The God of our salvation is there; the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the World. These little tender hands have yet be torn. These feet that have not yet trod this rough earth shall be nailed to the tree. That side shall yet be pierced by a Roman Spear. That back has yet been scourged. That cheek shall be buffeted and spit upon. That brow shall be crowned with thorns. And this is all for you! Is that not love? Is it not the great love of God? And in this love, is there not life? And in this life, is there not salvation? Where shall we find such self-denial as at the cradle and the cross?
Bethlehem for His birthplace; not a palace or a temple, but a stable for his first earthly home. At Bethlehem the fountain of love was opened. Would you learn the way of God? Go to Bethlehem. See yon infant. It is God, the Word made flesh. He is the way. No man cometh to the Father but by Him. Go and deal with Him. So shall Bethlehem be to you the gate of heaven. May God be pleased to make Himself known to us in Christ.