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Published: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 5:00 a.m. CDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a special Christmas sermon written by the late retired Morris attorney August B. Black for a priest friend in Joliet. It was first published in the Morris Daily Herald on Dec. 23, 1994, and was resubmitted this year by Black’s son, Frank. August B. Black died on Oct. 20, 2012 and has received Jesus’ gifts of eternal life, joy and peace.

There are some scientists who keep pushing back the length of time man has been on this earth.

Whether we have been here for 10,000 years, a million or more years makes no difference.

The two most important moments in the history of the human race are the moment of the birth of Jesus and the moment of His resurrection.

This weekend, we celebrate this first great moment, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The first example his birth teaches is humility. His death on the cross teaches the same example.

Jesus could have been born in a palace surrounded by the King’s servants and guards to wait on and protect Him.

He could have come to this earth as an adult in the company of 1,000 angels. Rather, He was born in a stable in the company of animals.

The first to receive the good news of His birth and to see him were shepherds — a class of people usually considered as undesirable and outcasts.

Jesus’ humility extended to them and He too would become a shepherd — not of sheep, but of people.

God’s gift to you of Jesus is the greatest gift you can receive in your life. It is a gift which fits everyone — it never needs to be exchanged. It is guaranteed for life and for eternity.

This Christmas, renew your acceptance of the gift of Jesus. Let His love and teachings flow to you and from you to others.

Let us thank God for the gift of His Son as we celebrate the first great moment in the history of the human race.

This is what Christmas is truly all about. Merry Christmas to all.

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