During the Christmas Season we proclaim the good news of Jesus' birth by singing Christmas carols. A carol is a specific type of vocal music usually associated with telling the story of Jesus' birth. The music is often joyful and the words are usually set in a stanza-refrain form. One of my favorite Christmas carols is Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. The lyrics were written by Charles Wesley and first published in 1739. The music is by the famous composer Felix Mendelssohn and was adapted for congregational singing by William Cummings in 1855. This carol is rich in theological truths and should be sung every December.
As you sing this Christmas carol meditate on these phrases and the selected Bible verses:
From stanza one:
From stanza two:
From stanza three:
These scripture verses remind us that Jesus came to earth as a human baby for a specific purpose. He grew be a man, died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven with God the Father as our advocate Great High Priest. As you plan Christmas worship services use these Bible verses to help your worship team remember the true meaning of Christmas. Give all the glory to God this Christmas as you sing with the angels: "Glory to the new-born King."
What is your favorite Christmas carol?