Monday, December 04, 2023

Christmas Carols - Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Part 2)

This is the second post on Hark the Herald Angels Sing. If you want to get the background to the Carol read yesterday's post - Part 1. 

Today I want to draw your attention to the lines - Veiled in flesh, the Godhead seen, Hail the incarnate deity, Pleased, as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. These words are so full of meaning to anyone who has read the Bible. 

The essence of the Christmas story is contained in this fact - God became Man. The last word of our selected lines provides us with a clue; the name Emmanuel. This name means 'God with us,' Matthew 1.23. In this account of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ an angel of the Lord appears to Joseph (Mary's betrothed husband) in a dream. The angel confirms to Joseph what is happening to Mary and tells him not to fear to take Mary as his wife. Joseph is told that when the boy is born he should be called Jesus 'for he will save his people from their sins'. At this stage we get a little commentary on what is going on. The biblical writer states that all of these events had been predicted and were the fulfilment of ancient prophecies. One of them is a direct quote from the Book of Isaiah which had been written hundreds of years before. In chapter seven verse fourteen it was stated 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel'. There it is again - Emmanuel - God with us.

I, for one, am so glad that He came. The scripture states that He came into the world to save sinners. I was a sinner but Jesus died for me. When I was young I realised this, I turned to God from my sin. I accepted that I was a sinner and that I needed my sins forgiven. It was wonderful to discover that Jesus had died for me and had risen from the dead on the third day. I was saved through believing - What about you?

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn king
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn king
Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the favoured one
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead seen
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased, as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king
Hail the heaven born prince of peace
Hail the son of righteousness
Light and life to all he brings
Risen with healing in his wings
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn king

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