And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (ESV)
The title of this familiar Christmas carol asks: What Child is This? The world of the 21st century wants to avoid this question. For many folks, Christmas becomes a time to reflect on the activities of the past year and to launch into the New Year. It has lost meaning even as a season to share a religious observance with family and friends.
With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Dix answers in song the most important question ever asked in the history of the world: What Child is This? This Child is Christ the King, the Babe, the Son of Mary!
In his hour of great need, Mr. Dix finds comfort in what This Child does for him. One day nails and spear pierce through This Child—the Word made flesh. One day This Child bears the cross—for me—for you. That’s the way the King of kings pleads for sinners here and brings salvation.
The questions for you today are:
- What do you know of This Child?
- How will you know more of This Child?
Here at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, we form and equip servants to bring the Good News of Jesus, This Child of Bethlehem. We prepare these servants to answer the questions of a world desperately in need of a Savior.
In the third stanza, Mr. Dix reminds us that gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh are freely given. Such gifts, given out of love and reverence, become traveling money for the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt in their hour of great need.
Today we ask for your prayers and your financial support. Please consider a gift to the Seminary this season to prepare pastors and deaconesses to deliver the Good News of This Child.
This, this is Christ the King;
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing:
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Christmastime often turns into a flurry of activity. Sadly, The “holiday” usually ends with fleeting happiness, hope that all the bills amassed can be paid, and very little peace.
The Christmas carol What Child is This? addresses this by asking and answering the most important question ever, bringing to the world true joy, hope, and peace.
This Christmas, we ask you to consider a gift in support of future servants who bring the Good News of the Christ Child to all. Your gift to the Fund for CTSFW helps these future workers in two critical ways.
First, it provides for the day-to-day operation of the Seminary, like utilities, housekeeping, and all of the work that goes on behind the scenes. These essentials make educating future pastors and deaconesses possible.
Second, it provides for the 100% tuition assistance grant. This is not free tuition. This is God’s people, the Church, assisting with the cost of educating our future pastors and deaconesses through their bountiful gifts.
We are ever thankful for people who understand that providing well-trained, theologically-sound, biblically-grounded pastors and deaconesses is not a luxury, but instrumental and crucial to the overarching mission of the Church.