12 Days of Christmas Carols: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

“Christ, by highest heaven 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 men to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.”

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

In the beginning, God handcrafted Adam and placed him in the garden.  The addition of Adam to creation had a profound impact on the existing world.  But then he sinned, and the earth has endured the curse ever since.  Throughout history, great men like Moses and the holy prophets walked the earth and had an impact on the world and the people in it.  But no person who has ever lived has had the kind of impact that Jesus had when He put on flesh and came to dwell among us.

The fact that Jesus was both fully man and fully God is hard for us to grasp.  The fact that He left His majesty on high to descend to our world as a poor little baby doesn’t make sense.  To think that the God who created everything that exists became part of His creation is a mind-boggling concept.  But the truth is that that’s exactly what happened.  The human part of Jesus relates to us in our humanity and helps us to know that He understands what we’re going through.  And Jesus makes an invisible God visible, an untouchable God touchable.

God wants us to know Him.  He has been reaching out to mankind from the very beginning.  And through Christ, we have a depiction of God that our finite minds can grasp.  In Jesus, we have a fellow pilgrim on earth to look to as an example.  And at the same time, we have a vision of a holy, powerful, merciful God full of glory, grace, and truth.  Through Jesus, we can know God and know Him personally.  And that is such an amazing truth that should fill our hearts with great joy.

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