Hymn Theology Christmas Edition

Hymn Theology Christmas Edition: Word of the Father Now in Flesh Appearing

 

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,

Born this happy morning;

Jesus, to Thee be glory given;

Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing;

“O Come All Ye Faithful” ~ attributed to English hymnist John Francis Wade

Weddings and holidays have so much in common in that we each have romanticized ideas and traditions; although special and sentimental, they can easily sabotage the wonder of the celebration. Instead of enjoying the event, how often do we focus on what is missing or wrong?

In that respect, Christmas carols can be quite the challenge for the worship leader. It seems everyone in the congregation has different opinions regarding the key and arrangement for each song based upon their personal experience (ie tradition). Notwithstanding, we can all agree upon the timeless beauty and theological truth of the lyrics.

In celebration of Christmas, we decorate our homes with evergreens, lights, and shiny objects. We make room for a Nativity Scene with the cute little baby Jesus.  That cute little baby came to our world as God even at His birth–a prerequisite for the atonement of the cross.

Jesus was fully human yet fully divine; to us this is a paradox as these labels are, to our finite minds, mutually exclusive. However, human limitations, physical dimensions, time, and space are not limitations for our infinite God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1
 
And the Word became 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.
John 1:14

It is appropriate that we stop and consider Him.  Let us greet the Lord.  Let us worship and adore Him and celebrate His birth.  As the chorus follows, “Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

For Thought & Discussion:

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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