Today’s Scrip-Bit 9 December 2018 Galatians 4:4.

Galatians 4:4.   But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made (born) of a woman, made (born) under the law.

Awright friends that wonderful season of celebration is upon us! We’re talking about Advent, or the preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas! Glory be! What a special time that is in the annals of our faith, and every year we relive it as though it happened just yesterday. But in fact it happens every day; Jesus comes into someone’s heart and saves them each and every day, so for them it’s a new and miraculous birth, just like that of Jesus. 

However we straying away from the script, (smile) it’s Sunday and the place to be is in church, fellowshipping with other believers, singing Christmas songs and praising God for sending Jesus to earth to save us, and hearing His word that builds confidence in our mortal souls. 

And today’s Christmas Hymn is one of the most popular in our hymnal, written by that prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley around 1726 in ten four-line stanzas. He originally titled the song ‘Hymn for Christmas” and the first line was originally ‘Hark, how all the welkin (heavens) rings, Glory to the King of Kings.’ And ‘welkin’ basically means sky or heaven, and the first line ‘Hark! How all the welkin rings,’ simply means ‘the heavens make a loud sound.’ 

But some years later, one George Whitefield apparently changed the first line to ‘Hark! The herald angels sing,’ along with other alterations. It seems that a lot of other editors also made changes. And later still, ‘the revised opening couplet became repeated as the refrain.’ 

But we can only sing what we have, what was passed down to us, so let’s belt out ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing,’ in sweet harmony, and as always, with sincere hearts, as we prepare our souls and spirits to receive our new-born Saviour at Christmas. 

‘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 hosts proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem! {Refrain: Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King.} Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, late in time to behold Him come, offspring of the virgin’s womb; veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity, pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel.{Refrain} 

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King. (Repeat)’ Yes friends, what wonderful and true statements! 

And the Hymnary.org site provides this explanation concerning the hymn: ‘Containing biblical phrases from Luke, John, and Paul, the text is a curious mixture of exclamation, exhortation, and theological reflection. The focus shifts rapidly from angels, to us, to nations. The text’s strength may not lie so much in any orderly sequence of thought but in its use of Scripture to teach its theology. That teaching surely produces in us a childlike response of faith; we too can sing ‘Glory to the newborn King!’ 

And so we can my brethren in this Christmas season. And today I just want to try and show some of the scripture references that they spoke of above, beginning with the first verse coming from Luke 2: ‘And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ (Luke 2:13-14) 

And then 2 Corinthians tells us: ‘And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation: To wit (that is), that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.’ (2 Cor.5:18-19) 

Ah mih people, what a wonderful God we serve and worship! He forgave us of our sins against Himself; putting the weight of them ALL on His Son, Jesus Christ…And He did that of His own volition, while we were yet sinners He sent Christ to die for us. So why are we so allergic to serving God, giving Him the thanks and praise He so rightfully deserves eh?  I really don’t know nuh.  

But moving on to verse two; our Bit from Galatians spells it out quite nicely: ‘But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made (born) of a woman, made (born) under the law. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.’ (Gal.4:4-5) When God was ready, it all happened exactly as said and planned! 

And John speaks these marvellous words: ‘And the Word was made flesh (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) We can’t deny that friends! 

And moving on to verse 3: The remarkable words of Isaiah prophesied many moons before it happened. “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, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’ (Is.9:6) 

And Malachi declared: ‘But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall (grow fat like stall-fed calves). (Mal.4:2) And we’ll end with the wisdom and truth of Peter. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively (living) hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’ (1 Pet.1:3) 

There’s no denying that my fellow believers! So let’s be re- energized to day nuh with all that wonderful scripture and the fulfillment of all the awesome promises of our heavenly Father! We’d be very foolish to do otherwise! Much LOVE!

…if you are a sincere believer…then you ought to be joyfully praising and thanking the Father…for sending Jesus to us…in this Christmas season…

 

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