Christmas – Christ…came to make a new and better beginning of all things

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Christ … came to make a new and better beginning of all things than Adam had been, and to be a fountain-head from which all good henceforth might flow …

He came to new-create, – to begin a new line, and construct a new kingdom on the earth: that what had as yet lain in sin, might become what it was at the first, and more than that … He took on Him our nature, that in God that nature might revive and be restored; that it might be new born, and, after being perfected on the Cross, might impart that which itself was, as an incorruptible seed, for the life of all who receive it in faith, till the end of time.

Extract from Lecture 8. Righteousness viewed as a gift and as a quality (John Henry Newman, Lectures on the Doctrine of Justification, 1838, pp.193f.)