“For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:22).

The gospel is done no service when the Lord Jesus is held hostage to a sentimental manger. A newborn that is unable to speak and asks nothing of you can be celebrated by anyone that enjoys family gatherings, ornaments, presents, and annual church attendance. It is an entirely different matter, however, to live in the daily pursuit of the resurrected and exalted Christ; whose heralding voice beckons, “Come, follow me.” It is this kind of discipleship alone that transforms the world.

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