Thursday, December 24, 2015

God and Sinners Reconciled!

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled."
 Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies;  With angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem."

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see, Hail, the incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. 

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. 

"Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing" announces the arrival of Jesus in Bethlehem and shares the attributes of the King of Kings. With the miraculous birth of our Lord, God himself enters earth in human form. What better way for God to do that, than to make it happen with the excitement of a newborn baby? 

While the song, written by Charles Wesley in the 1700's, may be familiar to us, there is biblical power and truth in every verse.  Let me show you three verses of the song, and three important characteristics of the coming of Jesus.

1. Because "Christ is born in Bethlehem,"  the separation of man from God because of sin, is repaired. God and sinners may be reconciled. Jesus makes possible our victory over sin. 

2. God has physically come to earth. "Veiled in flesh" Jesus can in human form, yet he is also representing Deity.  Our Emmanuel dwelt among us and brings us light and life. 

3.  Laying aside his heavenly credentials, Jesus was "born that man no more may die; born to raise the sons of earth; born to give them second birth." The birth of a baby; the salvation of mankind. 

That's the angels' message to mankind. Jesus was and still is that message for us. "Glory to the newborn King."


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