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Christmas Commentary – No. 9, George Whitfield

17/12/2011

George Whitefield, 18th Century Preacher, Anglican clergyman, one of the founders of Methodism, friend of Wesley and Jonathan Edwards – was deeply concerned at the worldliness of Christmas in his day. What would he think of the commercialism and the trivialisation of the festival today? He preached a sermon against worldly observance of the Birth of Christ. Here’s his opening lines…

What, shall we not remember the birth of our Jesus? Shall we yearly celebrate the birth of our temporal king, and shall that of the King of Kings be quite forgotten? Shall that only, which ought to be had chiefly in remembrance, be quite forgotten? God forbid! No, my dear brethren, let us celebrate and keep this festival of our church, with joy in our hearts: let the birth of a Redeemer, which redeemed us from sin, from wrath, from death, from hell, be always remembered; may this Saviour’s love never be forgotten! But may we sing forth all his love and glory as long as life shall last here, and through an endless eternity in the world above! May we chant forth the wonders of redeeming love, and the riches of free grace, amidst angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, without intermission, for ever and ever! And as, my brethren, the time for keeping this festival is approaching, let us consider our duty in the true observation thereof, of the right way for the glory of God, and the good of immortal souls, to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; an event which ought to be had in eternal remembrance.

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George Whitefield

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