Day 7: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

by Dec 7, 2020Christmas 2020, Devotional, Songs of 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 the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Istood at my bathroom mirror, mascara in hand, tears streaking my face.  I was unsuccessfully trying to get ready for the day (not easy to do when tears and mascara are involved).

Several months earlier, I had resolved to read through the entire Bible in a year.  I had picked a plan from the YouVersion Bible app that follows the events of the Bible as they occurred chronologically and that also had an audio component so I could listen while I got ready every morning.

For weeks, I had been listening through the Old Testament prophets.  And, if I’m honest, I was a little tired of it. Day after day of what felt like doom and gloom.

But that day I had finally gotten to the New Testament.  Scripture passages from Luke, John, and Matthew wove together the story of Jesus’ birth.

As I listened to Matthew describe the “great company of the heavenly host” appearing to the shepherds in the field, joyfully praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests,” my heart swelled as I sensed anew the wonder of Jesus’ birth.

Tears started to trickle down my cheeks.  Jesus was finally here!  All of heaven rejoiced.  The long-awaited Messiah, the light of the world, had finally come.

Bible scholars tell us that that 400 years of history occurred between the last page of the Old Testament and the first page of the New Testament.  400 years! During that time, people probably wondered if the Messiah really would come. Maybe they questioned whether God had abandoned them or wondered why He was being so silent.

But then, on a quiet hill in the dark of night, an angel burst forth joyfully announcing to shepherds that the Messiah had been born.  Throngs of angels joined him, praising God in celebration.

As I listened, mascara in one hand and Kleenex in the other, I felt afresh the joy of the moment.  Jesus, God with us, here at last. 

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