Posted by: peebles | December 20, 2012

Luke 2:8 (NIV), “And there were shepherds living out in field near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

There in the fields of Bethlehem , God sent a heavenly host to proclaim, first to the shepherds, “This is a day of good news of great joy to all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.” Our great Shepherd of the sheep has come to care for His flock, to watch over us, to feed us and keep us. How ironic, how prophetic, are the ways of God, to let the lowly shepherd be the first to tell the world of the good news of salvation in Christ the Lord!

The Bible says in Luke 2:15 (NIV), “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’” The shepherds hurried off to see Jesus, and then glorified and praised God. Some time later, the wise men came, and bowed before Him in worship, laying their gifts before the Lord.

The Bible says in Song of Solomon 1:4 (NIV), “How right they are to adore you.” There is a wonderfully gentle hymn, yet so magnificently powerful, resounding with a roar of proclamation, calling us to worship Christ the Lord.

The song was first written in Latin by Frederick Oakley (1802-1880). Now, translated into English, it is sung with great passion and gusto every year. The song is called, “O Come Let Us Adore Him”.

The original hymn, as translated into English is, in itself, timeless, and it echoes with everlasting truth.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him, born the King of angels.

O come, let us adore him,O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.  

True God of true God, light of light eternal,

He, who abhors not the virgin’s womb;

Son of the Father, begotten not created 

O come, let us adore him,O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. 

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God in the highest. 

O come, let us adore him,O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. 

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, let us adore him,O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.  

In recent years, people have sung variations of the original chorus, adding stanzas such as:

We’ll give Him all the glory…Christ the Lord…

For He alone is worthy…Christ the Lord….

We’ll praise His name forever…Christ the Lord.

These variations, by no means take away from the meaning of the song, and actually add a deeper element of adoration and praise, as we sing, from our hearts, in worship to the Lord.

My friend, the joy of Jesus at Christmas is not just limited to one day, but for all eternity. The good news is not just for the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem , but also for all to have joy in the Babe of Bethlehem, who grew up and died on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. So today, we can receive Jesus Christ by faith as our personal Savior. Let us, therefore, sing with adoration and great joy, “Joyful, joyful Lord we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of light. Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee….” “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

This is a day of good news; we have a Savior who is Christ the Lord.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

 


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