At Christmas time Christmas music is everywhere. In shops refrains about snowmen, reindeer, presents, bells and sleighs are on a constant loop. Alongside the Christmas pop occasional carols are randomly interspersed breaking up the musical chintz reminding us of that first Christmas, the real Christmas. One of my favourite carols was written nearly 280 years ago by Charles Wesley. If you sing this carol, take time to look at the amazing words which echo the Gospel message so clearly…
God and sinners reconciled! – Jesus has come so that sinners can be reconciled to God!
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; – Jesus, God the son, became a man;
Hail th’incarnate Deity, – Fully man and fully God,
Mild He lays His glory by, – Jesus set aside the glory he is due,
Born that man no more may die; – Jesus came so that man doesn’t have to die;
Born to raise the sons of earth, – Jesus came to lift man from the despair of sin,
Born to give them second birth. – Jesus came that we may be born again!
Whilst at Christmas we tend to only sing the first three verses of this carol to the magnificent tune that Mendelssohn wrote for it, there are actually two more verses; the last verse indicates the response we should have to the amazing news of the first three verses…
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface, – Jesus please remove the stain of sin,
Stamp Thine image in its place: – Make us like you:
Second Adam from above, – How we should have been,
Reinstate us in Thy love. – Reconcile us to God.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain, – Let us once again know you,
Thee, the Life, the inner man: – Live in us so we may live eternally:
Oh, to all Thyself impart, – Show yourself to everyone,
Formed in each believing heart. – So if they believe, they too can live forever.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful this Christmas if more people at last understood what the angels were Harking on about!!!
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. – John 1:14