Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Angels We Have Heard

“Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the glad tidings be
which inspire your heavenly song?”
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
Author Unknown, of French origin
translated by James Chadwick
England, 1862

That’s a good question. Why would shepherds rejoice at the birth of a simple poor baby boy born in a manger miles away to parents they probably didn't even know? Because the Scriptural promise of thousands of years past had finally been fulfilled: Christ came at long last to save the world, but He came in such away that if hosts of humongous angels hadn't come down from heaven to tell us what happened, we wouldn't even have noticed.

That’s why the world often asks us why we're still singing. The world might see angels if they appeared again, but it still wouldn't see the significance of a poor baby in a manger. We sing because we do.

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”

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