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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 25, 1923)
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C SALEM, OREGON, TUESDAY MORNING. DECEMBER , 25. 1923
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oils' so kind, so wise that rvcn Ills most' faithful admirers .
would hesitate jf asked as to tue juasier h iuoki remiiv
able characteristics. : , 1 i '
v Jesus was a' maa -for all menrall- races, all peoples
of nil times and countries. His life and teachings appeal
"to the virjuous man because He was preeminently good
-;'lferapl)eab5 to-the, wicked man because the sinner
neods Him. for a Savior and as an example :
He appeals io tbe l strong man, lor none was so
strongs so wholesome in body, mind and spirit as He v
- lie is the poor man 'ia friend; because he lived among
the' poor, worked among them, suffered for them yet,
perhaps, Jwithou't suffering- with' -themT ' To i the poor He
said, .'Blessed are ye !" Was he therefore apotheosizing ,
poverty. To. He' never declared it a virtue to be poor,
or ft vice to bo rich. - Blessed are he poor, the meek, the
lowly, the despised, He said, because- tb,ey shall some day
come into their own, shall discover liow rich; how strong,
how great they are these children of the Most High God.
"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteous
ness' why Because they hunger and .thirst? No; but
because "they shall be filled 1" He invited the weak and
heavy: laden ;td;Jaytheiribn'r
' 1 My. yoke i easyand' my burden light.' r' - y -
lie wan alman for the rich, 'for who so rich as lie-
although ;.He f had no place to lay His head! IIe did not
despise riches, nor rich men,? for lie often, visited them,
; preached to them and in- many ways proved His love
for thera.?H,e measured men not by what they possessed,
but by what they were and-IIe saw and knew every
person for what he really "was or was capable of becom-
"Z- " ,7r - r ini w" ,.pivp nro- atlriDutea tne crime oi ine cracimion w iguwaui-e aitu
Thislaw.thatewho f-r smnedrforgiveness on -his persecutors. ....
vided the gift is made 9.d.ln A model He was and still is for wise men, for He
of the fundamental -facts of the tia,VdAfc Jtn confounded the doctors of wisdom: A poet of pets He
this respect one sometimes wonders if much.of the gr kw. gtJr gnblim?ly of the things
ness and power of th man Jesus did not. lie. m uis per. ,T"t ' . -
feet Jmow?d appH - r&gi moi.f ill. Jesus belongs to
n 7f T 1SimSit& cn andchildren-to all chUdren, everywhere, and to
of Chns sJi ' "good!' women and "bad-women alike, Many menr:ay
llNETEEN hundred and twenty-three years
ago, as nearly as historians nave Deen uie.
to calculate, jesus, the Christ, was, bom
The exact date of His birth may be of
some historical interest $' but : because it' per
tains , ta a passing fact, rather' than to on s
abiding! principle, It is only of minor im
portance. Christendom has df signed Decern
viar aii whieh-t.be anniversary.
f to iir!t'r' advent shall be celebrated,
J no.-Akn1nmno! ' f flt HTMVn th millds' of the mik"
lions who cooperate in paying, special tribute to li
fmemofy, upon . this day sanction sufficient-f or its gen
' eral' observance. History in;,: itselfis , unsubstantial . .in
the 1 broadest meaning of that word. There is no subr
stance in the history that' records the dark deeda of evil
men, just as there ia no realty in shadows Civilization
of todayowes a it is and all it hopes to be tothose
Khining characters whose lives and words have reflected
I on the world a light-undying ; ; v ; i : "
And the first glad thought in every truly Christian, ?
heart this Christmas morning will be o the Christ. Wih-
out Him there would be no Christmas and no Christmas,
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The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of serviee; the
spirit of giving, and, as it is impossible to give without
receiving, the effects of the manifestation of altruism
and. generosity are felt today throughout the length and
breadth of every Christian land ; with its. highest mam
v festation in the United States, the beginiungS; of which
ter and si: 4 This is what made Him great," unless, ,
indeed, one should be content to say that pertect love,
a love -transcending any- otherr manifestation of that ,
quality: ever made by man, was the source of all his
op4n,ess, strength and power. j Sor masterful was He in so,
rA C- i many ways, so perfect in demeanor, so poised, so courage-
frrtftr?" trrtmpn an1 "bfld women alike. Manv men'nay .
' be found to defend the good woman who seldom needs
-defense but Jesus looked straight into the eyes of the
-Magdalene an4 her spirit ruShedT out witfra ry to greet
Hiro. . The "grown-ups" meant no more to Him than the
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