Botticelli (Sandro Filipepi) ca. 1445 – 1510
The Birth of Christ
“Unto you the Child is born,
On this blessed Christmas morn.
Unto you, to be your peace;
Unto you, for He hath found you;
Unto you, with full release,
From the weary chains that bound you:
Unto you that you may rise
Unto Him above the skies.”
… Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), The Poetical Works of Frances Ridley Havergal, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1888, p. 166
“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
what John Donne called:
“immensity cloistered in thy dear womb”
They were all looking for a king
To slay their foes, and lift them high;
Thou cam’st, a little baby thing
That made a woman cry.
… George MacDonald (1824-1905), The Poetical Works of George MacDonald, v. 2, London: Chatto & Windus, 1893, p. 323
“Christ is God’s complete word to men; He has nothing to say which has not been said in Christ … the Word which became incarnate in Jesus Christ … has been recorded for us in Holy Writ. The Spirit of God, who spoke by the prophets and apostles, still speaks to us through their words and thus bears witness to Christ, the perfect revelation of God.”
… F. F. Bruce (1910-1990), The Apostolic Defense of the Gospel, London: Inter- Varsity Press, 1959, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959, p. 81
“I would very earnestly ask you to check your conception of Christ, the image of Him which as a Christian you hold in your mind, with the actual revealed Person who can be seen and studied in action in the pages of the Gospels. It may be of some value to hold in our minds a bundle of assorted ideals to influence and control our conduct. But surely we need to be very careful before we give that “bundle” the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”
… J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), When God was Man, London: Lutterworth Press:, 1954, p. 8
From the inimitable Sally Lloyd Jones:
Advent: How Long, Lord?
A reminder that Christmas represents the truth that not only is God WITH us, but He is also FOR us.
You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Psalm 56:8-11 (ESV)
“So here we are again, a few billion miles farther along our mysterious path among the immensities. What a comfort it is to know the Man in charge of it all. Without Him, it would be easy to think that the whole of time and space, and life itself, are without reason, purpose, or meaning—as H. G. Wells said, that it is “a bad joke beyond our understanding, a flare of vulgarity, an empty laugh braying across the mysteries.” With Jesus forever between God and us, we can understand a few things, and trust Him for the rest. After all, He is one of us: a baby once, as we all were; then, and forever after, a Man, as we all shall always be.”
… Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985), letter 
“When the song of the angels is stilled,When the star in the sky is gone,When the kings and princes are home,When the shepherds are back with their flock,The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.
… Howard Thurman (1899-1981), The Mood of Christmas, Friends United Press, 1985, p. 23