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Commentary from 
Rivingtons, London, 1884
The four Sundays in Advent set forth, by the Holy Scriptures appointed for them, the Majesty of our Lord's Person and Kingdom.  Christmas is to represent before us the lowliness to which the Eternal God condescended to stoop in becoming Man: and we begin on that day the detailed observance of each great Act in the mystery of the Incarnation.  Before coming to Bethlehem and seeing the Holy Child in the manger, we are bidden to look on the glory which belongs to Him; and, ere we look upon the Babe of the humble Virgin, to prepare our hearts and minds for the sight by dwelling on the keynote which sounds in our ears through Advent, "Behold, thy King cometh:" a meek and lowly Babe, but yet Divine.

In this spirit the old Introit for the First Sunday was chosen, "Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes: O my God, I have put my trust in Thee..." though not without reference also to the humble dependence upon His Father with which the Son of God took human nature, and all its woes, upon Him.  Lifting up our eyes to the Holy Child, we behold Him from afar, and "knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep," we hear the cry, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh," to His Church in a first Advent of Humiliation and Grace, and a second Advent of Glory and Judgement.  For each Advent the Church has one song of welcome, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.  Even so come, Lord Jesus."

The Christian year opens, then, on this Sunday with a direct representation of our Lord Jesus Christ to us in His Human Nature, coming to visit us in great humility in "this mortal life," as well as in His Divine Nature, to be the Object of our Adoration.  We cannot do otherwise than love the Babe of Bethlehem, the Child of the Temple, the Son of the Virgin, the Companion of the Apostles, the Healer of the Sick, the Friend of Bethany, the Man of Sorrows, the Dying Crucified One: but we must adore as well as love; and recognize in all these the triumphant King of Glory Who reigns over the earthly Sion, and over the heavenly Jerusalem.  No contemplation of the Humility of the Son of Man must divert our eyes from the contemplation of His Infinite Majesty of Whom the Father saith when He bringeth in the First-Begotten into the world, "Let all the angels of God worship Him."