Beginning around 1740, Europe and North America experienced a dramatic rise in cases of the disease then called “consumption.” Because residents of small towns were less likely to contract the disease, many physicians hypothesized that it was caused by urban life and thus prescribed relocation to rural areas. Such treatments did little to cure patients, however. In 1882, the world learned why, when Robert Koch discovered that the true cause of the disease, we now know as tuberculosis, was bacteria. Before that, insufficient diagnosis led to ineffective cures.
As we celebrate Christ’s birth this month, many of us will exchange presents with our friends and family to show our love and affection. In part, we’re following the example of the gifts given to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Matthew’s Gospel records the arrival of the gift-bearing Magi: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him’” (2:1–2).
Did you know that the Moody Radio network plays Christ-centered Christmas music 24 hours a day during December? To listen, download the Moody Radio app, or go to moodyradio.org. Christ-centered music helps focus our hearts and minds on the reason for this season. We asked some of our Today in the Word team to tell us about their favorite Christmas carols.