Sunday, December 25, 2022

Huss: this day

Sunday, December 25, 2022
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
    establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
    will accomplish this.
    —Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
    Rejoice, for this day the holy bread, that is to say, God has made himself food for men, in order to satisfy, with His body, all that hunger. Rejoice; for, this day is born the Redeemer of the world, the Saviour of sinners. Rejoice; for, this day an immortal God is born, in order that mortal man may live for ever. Rejoice, for the Lord of the universe lay poor in a stable, in order that our poverty might be changed into riches. Rejoice, dearly-beloved, that the predictions of the prophets and of the saints have been fulfilled. Rejoice, for the omnipotent Father and the Son, abounding in wisdom and grace, are given to us, that glory may be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.
    ... John Huss (1369-1415), in a letter, Christmas day, 1411, Letters of John Huss, written during his exile and imprisonment, Edinburgh: W. Whyte, 1846, p. 52-53 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 26:26; Luke 2:7,14; 22:19; John 6:35,53-58
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