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Truth in Christmas Carols!


Truth in Christmas Carols!  

Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day!
Throughout Christmas at the mall, in restaurants, and on the radio, we've been hearing Christmas carols. Sadly, most people who sing and listen to them do so mindlessly - thinking little about the truth found in those wonderful carols. For example:
"God with man is now residing; Yonder shines the infant Light"(Angels From the Realms of Glory)
"With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth" 
(Silent Night! Holy Night!)
"See Him in a manger laid; Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth"  
(Angels We Have Heard on High)
"Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing"  
(O Come All Ye Faithful)
"Behold the Babe in yonder manger lowly; 'Tis God's own Son come down in human form"  
(O Holy Night)
These beautiful carols tell us that Jesus Christ was more than a little baby lying in a manger; He was God in human form. Jesus, the Lord of heaven and earth, came to earth as a baby and was laid in a manger.
The words of these most loved Christmas carols are based on Scripture and tell God's wondrous story in musical fashion.
For example, the third stanza of Hark! The Herald Angels Singproclaims, "Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth."
The writer of I Wonder As I Wander knew why Christ had come to earth, "I wonder as I wander out under the sky, How Jesus the Savior did come to die; to save lowly people like you and like I."
All of us need a savior. As sinners, we have fallen short of what God requires. Without a savior, we would have to pay our own penalty for sin, which is eternal separation from God. But with the coming of Christ to earth we rejoice because, "Now ye need not fear the grave: Peace! Peace! Jesus Christ was born to save!" (Good Christian Men, Rejoice).
Join me this Christmas as we share with others the truths of Christmas.
See you this Sunday,
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug