Early Christians on Christ’s Birth

“Christ belongs to the lowly of heart, and not to those who would exalt themselves over His flock.  The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Scepter of God’s Majesty, was in no pomp of pride and haughtiness—as it could so well have been—but in self-abasement, even as the Holy Ghost had declared of Him, saying, Lord, who has believed what we have heard, and to whom has the Divine arm been revealed?  For we proclaimed before the Lord that he resembles a babe in arms, or a root in waterless soil; there is not a trace of shapeliness or splendour about him.”—The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, late 1st Century

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“Very Flesh, yet Spirit too;

Uncreated, and yet born;

God-and-Man in One agreed,

Very-Life-in-Death indeed,

Fruit of God and Mary’s seed;

At once impassible and torn,

By pain and suffering here below:

Jesus Christ, whom as our Lord we know.”—Ignatius to the Ephesians, early 2nd Century, possibly quoting an early hymn.

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“Close your ears, then, if anyone preaches to you without speaking of Jesus Christ.  Christ was of David’s line.  He was the son of Mary; He was verily and indeed born, and ate and drank; He was verily persecuted in the days of Pontius Pilate, and verily and indeed crucified, and gave up the ghost in the sight of all heaven and earth and the powers of the nether world.  He was also verily raised up again from the dead, for His Father raised him; and in Jesus Christ will His Father similarly raise us who believe in Him, since apart from Him there is no true life for us.”—Ignatius to the Trallians, early 2nd Century

Merry Christmas


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