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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Do They Know It's Christ They Sing Of

I love the o'l Christmas songs and I've been raiding You Tube the past week for some great renditions of various Christmas standards. Many of the world's greatest singers have made the obligatory Christmas album at some stage in their career and for some reason, we keep buyin' them. There's something about Christmas that sparks the musical part in the human soul. Whether it's northern hemisphere hits like "White Christmas", "The Christmas Song", "I'll be Home for Christmas" or traditional hymns like "Silent Night", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", Christmas festivities is as much about music as it is about gifts, food and tinsel.

I was thinking just the other day at the shopping centre that at this time of the year we hear plenty of good stuff. But as I wander from shop to shop humming the o'l favourites, I wonder... as the beautiful voices flood the airwaves of Big W... when the general populace hears something like this:

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus our Immanuel.

Do they get it? Do they grasp the idea of the incarnate deity?
These are truths that we hold dear... truths that are meaningful to those who are followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But more importantly, these are truths that form the foundation of our faith. Because if the Son of God had not taken the form of man, we would have no Saviour and no Christmas to sing about or celebrate.

No doubt the Christian message of hope must be believed with faith. But the message itself is grounded in space, time history.
God, the infinite Creator, invaded human history and took his place among finite beings to bring this message as a fulfilment of prophecy. But the message wasn't just cheering words to get over bad days but the Word, a member of the Godhead who set aside his glory to take his place among us. He came to save us from our greatest problem... sin...

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.    John 1:14  ESV


  1. I wonder this every year as well. It always sounds beautiful, but if only they truly believed what they were singing about.

  2. Where there's life, there's hope.


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