WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

Lk.2:7 – And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Everything changes when your eyes are finally opened. The world is a different place. As the saying goes; the grass looks greener, the sky looks bluer, even the birds seem to be singing differently. Christmas itself takes on new meaning, finally you see Christ in the whole celebration. My first Christmas as a Christian found me rediscovering the old Christmas carols. I really never noticed the difference between Jingle Bells and Oh Holy Night until my eyes were opened to see Christ in Christmas. I was mesmerized and even overwhelmed as I saw the gospel story so clear in many of those beloved songs. Many of these Christmas songs that are played on radios, in the malls, and even the Christmas movies are loaded with solid Bible theology; who knew! Here are the words to one of those precious Christmas carols, take time and reflect on the power of these words.

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

1. What Child is this who, laid to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,

While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,

Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;

Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

2. Why lies He in such mean estate,

Where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christians, fear, for sinners here

The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,

The cross be borne for me, for you.

Hail, hail the Word made flesh,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

3. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,

Come peasant, king to own Him;

The King of kings salvation brings,

Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise a song on high,

The Virgin sings her lullaby.

Joy, joy for Christ is born,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

This song carries enough spiritual ammo to preach an entire conference on the mystery of God becoming a man. It speaks of the humility of His birth, surrounded by shepherds, oxen, and donkeys. It speaks of the fear of God, His still small voice, and His death and suffering for our sins. It also speaks of the glory of the Word becoming flesh, prophetic offerings, and the miracle of the virgin birth. How could I have missed this for all those years? I just want to be sure I don’t miss the power of the Christmas message this year.

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