Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
The first gift of Christmas
In the movie The Polar Express, Santa decides what the first gift of Christmas will be and who shall receive it. This indicates that one individual is chosen while others will be left out. Over 2000 years ago on the first Christmas morning, a gift was given to the entire world. Every person on the earth has the opportunity to freely receive this wonderful present if they only choose. No one is left out unless it is by their own design. The Bible says: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). You can unwrap this special gift today and enjoy all the benefits. We were given a Savior who takes away all our sins.
Come and see
The second verse of the Christmas carol Angels we have heard on high is an invitation.
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King
The chorus of O Holy Night also beckons us to worship
Fall on your knees O hear the angels' voices O night divine, O night when Christ was born.
We can be reborn in Him reach and every day, even as new believers come and see for the first time. King David said O taste and see that the Lord is good.(Psalms 34:8)
Consider the second verse of Hark the Herald Angels sing
Christ by highest heav'n 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 man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”
The Angels brought the good tidings of great joy to the poor shepherds that salvation and come and bid them to see for themselves.
What Child is this?
What child is this
Who's laid to rest
On Mary's lap is Sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherd's watch are keeping
This this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
To bring him, Laud!
The babe, the son of Mary
Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through
The cross be borne for me, for you
Hail, hail the Word made flesh
The Babe, the Son of Mary
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come peasant, king to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving heart enthrone Him
Raise, raise a song on high
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary
These older traditional hymns tell the entire story of His birth, and crucifixion to save the world. The Lord of glory stepped out of eternity into time to save us all from Satan and hell. No one has to be lost for all eternity and that's the good news of His gospel.
What manner of man is this?
More important than Christ being the babe the son of Mary, it is important to remember that the virgin birth was a stepping stone for the King of glory, the King of all kings to veil Himself in human flesh. In Matthew chapter 8 He calmed a raging sea and great gusts of wind by saying "Peace be still". and verse 27 tells us, "But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! The manner of man was the word of the Father appearing in flesh. He would be crucified and then conquer death, rising with all power in His hands. He will soon return for all who believe that He is the only way to eternal life, This is Christ the King, Emmanuel, the Son of the living God, and outside of Him, there is no other way to the Father.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 21, 2020:
I really enjoyed this article. The song lyrics are so special and I love to hear them this time of year. Merry Christmas, Cheryl!