Saturday, June 24, 2017

Christmas Devotion: O Come All Ye Faithful

As a way of saying “Thank You” for your partnership and friendship, Heart of God International is sharing with you a Christmas Meditation based on a different Christmas Carol each morning from now until Christmas Day.  We pray you will be blessed as you enjoy a few minutes of reflection during this busy season of celebration and remembrance! God bless you this Christmas!

 

Who Is That Masked Man?

 

Many of us who are old enough will remember watching “The Lone Ranger” on television. I will never forget the phrase that got its popularity from this program:  “Who is that masked man?”  Of course, we all knew who it was — it was obvious in all he said and did!  The mask couldn’t hide who he really was.

About 2000 years ago One was born that was “masked” as well. But, instead of a black mask over the eyes, His mask was human flesh.  When looking at His life, all He said and did, the mask could never hide His identity; He was God robed in flesh!

The writer of this hymn, J. Reading, did as so many other hymn writers, he wrote a song which contained the sound truth of the Gospel, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord.  Praise God for words which have survived the test of time and are still readily recognized today by people everywhere as a classic Christmas song. 

 

O Come All Ye Faithful

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,

Chorus:  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 from Light Eternal,
Lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created.
Chorus

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

See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps
Chorus

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?
Chorus

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
Chorus

 

Do you know this “Masked Man”?  The One who was robed in flesh and who dwelt among us?  The One who took on the form of a man and became servant of all?  Do you know Him … do you REALLY know Him not just about Him?

His name is Jesus! Not only the “Reason for the season,” but the reason we stop today to consider the gift He gave to us by offering His life so we might live. “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

As we hear and/or sing the carols of the season, beckoning us to come and adore the “Reason” for the season, Lord, help us to always remember that it is that intimate and precious relationship with You that we value, far above gifts, beautiful lights, delicious food, and warm, friendly fellowship with family and friends.  Lord, help us all to keep You in the center of this celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lord, and be glorified in all we do and say.  Amen!

 

“And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold,
and frankincense, and myrrh.”  (Matthew 2:11)
  

 

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© Jan Ross

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“Adeste Fideles” is a Christmas carol which for some time has been attributed to John Francis Wade in the English-speaking world. However, many other possible authors exist. The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is widespread in most English speaking countries.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adeste_Fideles)

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