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Christmas Hymns, theology so simple even your kids can understand it!

December 14, 2018

 

     I love Christmas music! Not so much on "We wish you a merry Christmas" or "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," etc... but rather the real songs like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." These beautiful hymns not only are pretty to listen to, but they teach true and accurate theology. I'd like to take the lyrics of a few of my favorite songs and show you the beauty.

 

O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! 
Come, and behold Him, born the King of angels!

 

Refrain:
O come, let us adore Him; 
O come, let us adore Him; 
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

 

Sing, choirs of angels; sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above! 
Glory to God, all glory in the highest![Refrain]

 

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv'n!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

 

     These words are so simple, yet they pack such a powerful punch with the truth. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. How can we not bow down and worship our Lord and Savior at that thought?

 

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

Angels from the realms of glory

wing your flight o’er all the earth;

Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

 

Refrain:
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

 

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

 

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

 

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

 

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

 

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

 

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

 

     This song teaches us about God residing with us through Jesus Christ. It speaks on the return of Christ in glory and all nations bowing down to Him. Finally it teaches us about what it'll be like in eternity with Christ in the New Heaven. Take a moment and let these lyrics soak, meditate on these truths.

 

Joy To The World

 

Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

 

     If you hear this song on the radio, a lot of times you'll only hear verses 1, 2 and 4, which means verse 3 might seem a little strange. It almost seems out of place. I mean, why on Earth would we want to talk about thorns and sin in a song that's all about joy? Isn't worship all about good things and feeling good? While most of the lyrics of this song are very joyous, I want you to really consider how big of a deal it is that the curse of sin will be broken in the end through Jesus. 

 

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

 

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 the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n 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
"Glory to the newborn King!"

 

     This is my favorite Christmas song of all time! The line of "God and sinners reconciled..." brings me to tears and in times of sin will bring me to repentance. This is a true song of triumph and it teaches us what's going on in God's plan for salvation. Christ was born of a virgin, this we know to be true. Christ is God incarnate, veiled in flesh the Godhead see. It pleased Christ to dwell with man to seek and save that which is lost. He deliberately laid His glory down to redeem us from the pit of hell. Our enemies are defeated through the arrival, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have victory! 

 

This, my friends, is exactly what Christmas is all about. 

 

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