25 Dec 2006

Alexander Campbell’s Christmas Musing, 1843

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Alexander Campbell, Christmas, Jesus, Restoration History

Alexander Campbell’s Christmas Musings, 1843

It is Christmas morning here in the land of beer, cheese, Packers and snow. Several years ago I came across some “Musings on Christmas Morning” by Alexander Campbell and have always enjoyed them. Campbell was far more gracious and poetic than some admit. I share these with you as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.

THIS morning being Christmas, and, as the Roman superstition would have it, the nativity of man’s Redeemer; assuming it as true, my thoughts naturally lead me to Bethlehem, Calvary, and the sepulchre of Joseph. And what mysterious, sublime, and animating associations cluster around those three places! How near the point of distance! Eight short miles measured the whole space from the manger to the cross! And how short the interval of time between the first birth from Mary, and the second birth from Joseph’s tomb, of Arimathea! Not quite the half of three-score-years-and-ten completes the labors and the life of Heaven’s and Earth’s First Born! And yet what scenes and transactions crowd this narrow space of earth, and this short interval of time! …

And how was all this accomplished! Born in a stable-circumcised the eighth day– dedicated on the fortieth, at Jerusalem, in the Temple–persecuted into Egypt–nursed in the land of Ham–brought back to Bethlehem–removed to Nazareth, wehre he lived subject to his parents till he completed his thirtieth year, living so obscurely, too, as not to be mentioned but once after his return till about the time of his immersion; and at that time he is found in the Temple amongst the teachers, listening to their discourses and propounding to them questions… (excerpts from January 1844 of the Millennial Harbinger).

The Incarnation of the Word of God is worthy of celebration. The world has never been the same since Jesus came from God.

Merry Christmas and may it be filled with God’s Shalom,
Bobby Valentine

9 Responses to “Alexander Campbell’s Christmas Musing, 1843”

  1. Bill Says:

    May your knowledge and experience of the riches of God’s grace, abundantly lavished on us through the gift of His Son as our Savior and King, warm your souls and brighten your days through this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

  2. Vonnie Says:

    Merry Christmas. It is about 73 degrees here today. We just got home from seeing “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith. It was wonderful. I cried through the last half of the movie.

  3. Josh Says:

    Merry Christmas (late)!

  4. cwinwc Says:

    Bobby, thank you for the ways in which (I’ll borrow a middle school phrase) “you’ve schooled us” as well as blessing us this past year. May God bless you in the coming year.

  5. Falantedios Says:

    Indeed, the Incarnation of the Word of God is worthy of celebration! May we celebrate it more and more as we strive to follow the movements of God’s rule and submit to his incarnational work in our own lives and locales.

    in HIS love,

  6. Tim Archer Says:

    Merry Christmas again. Have you seen “The Nativity”? It’s worth a watch.

    Grace and peace,

  7. Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:


    We decided to see the Nativity on THE day. We went Christmas eveningat the 5 o’clock show.

    It was a beautiful movie. Indeed it was far better than I anticipated it being. The setting, the musical score and even the acting was superb. I thought the “wise” men added a little “comic” relief too.

    And I thought Joseph was portrayed wonderfully.

    I loved it. My wife cried. My girls also enjoyed it. It gave us a lot to talk about afterwards.

    Bobby Valentine

  8. Dee O'Neil Andrews Says:

    Wasn’t The Nativity Story just marvelous, Bobby?! It snuck up on me because I walked out thinking “that was a rather quiet movie – not much to it,” but since Saturday afternoon (we went for $4.75 apiece) I can’t stop thinking about it.

    Everything you’ve said here about it and more. The scenes between Mary & Joseph were stunning, I thought, in simplicity, yet depth. I loved the way the angels were portrayed to everyone and the wonder and awe of Mary in what was happening to her.

    The faith and depth of love that Joseph exhibited toward Mary and her growing love and admiration for him. The scenes where he fed the donkey his own portion and then when Mary tenderly washed his feet while he slept were just so rich and marvelous – without compare.

    It’s definitely a movie everyone should see. And you’re right about the wise men, too. They were wonderful.

    I deeply appreciate this movie and think it should be seen by all who are called Christians.

  9. Jerry Buckley Says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog site and find that we share some common grounds and world views. Please check out my blogspot site, “Roll the Gospel Chariot”; a site intended to promote the manuscript for my new allegorical novel of the same name. I see you have some notable followers, especially John Mark Hicks, which speaks to your credibility, and the focus of your outreach. The Lord bless you and keep you….I’m only surprized at the title of your site. The “Stoned” part of your anacronym calls up some definite images. I either do, or I don’t get it. Which is it? Jerry Buckley/Brentwood, TN

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