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Christmas Carols Grace Notes – 2

[This article was first posted on Dec 13, 2010.  Sharing it again, because the song is That good. Blessings!]

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Is the world listening to the carols of the season, ignoring them, or simply apathetic to their content?

How much more intense could the gospel message be, than to declare the sufferings of Jesus through concrete visuals like “nails…spear…pierce…and Cross?” Yet that’s what this modest, lilting, 17th century Celtic melody proclaims with bold lyrics penned by William Chatterton Dix (1865).

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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.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and lamb 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.

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.

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One reason the world doesn’t hear this gospel message is that many recording artists simply skip over the second stanza about Jesus’ suffering.   Perhaps they think the verse doesn’t lend itself to the joyful Christmas spirit.  Or maybe they don’t embrace its meaning..or the cross.

Thankfully, Third Day sings the entire song on their CD, Christmas Offerings.  I just uploaded their track of today’s carol in the music box so you can listen along, and worship, not just the Babe, but the Word made flesh and our King of Kings!

[Bebo Norman also sings a beautiful rendition of this, but, disappointedly, he omitted the crucial second stanza.  But I still love his testimony, voice and music, so I uploaded his version from the newly released CD, Christmas from the Realms of Glory (Extended Edition) . ]

Mighty to Save

“Mighty to Save.”  Isaiah 63:1

The internet is often dangerous for me.  I get overwhelmed and burdened with excessive coverage of news, from “big” events, such as the devastation in Haiti, to the personal sorrows of strangers.  And then eternity comes to view, and I wonder, where are these hundreds of precious souls headed?   Do they know Jesus?  But the Lord doesn’t want ME to handle all of this.  He wants me to trust HIM.

Spurgeon encouraged me about these matters which are all ‘too difficult for me’ (Ps 131:1) today:

The words [mighty to save] are multum in parvo—much in little.  Indeed, here is all mercy in one word!  Believer, here is encouragement.  Are you praying for some loved one?  Oh, do not give up your prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.”  You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is almighty.

Lay hold of His mighty arm and rouse it to put forth its strength.  Does your own case trouble you?  Fear not, for His strength is sufficient for you.  whether to begin with others or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save.”  The best proof lies in the fact that He has saved you!

I carry this verse in my heart through song, written and sung by Laura Story.  Worship with YouTube version below or the uploaded song in the blue Music Box.  What a powerful proclamation that our God is Mighty to Save!