A Fab Christmas


This was just too funny not to share. I went looking for a version of this carol because we are using it as the centerpiece of our Advent devotions this year. I can’t take credit for this idea either, my pastor’s wife did a Sunday school lesson last week on this hymn and I thought it was so fantastic and perfect for an Advent study that I decided to steal it (with her knowledge).

The lyrics to Hark the Herald Angels Sing were written by Charles Wesley and later set to the music we are familiar with today. Beyond a nice Christmas carol, the words are full of really meaty theology. Each line or two of verse has at least one or two Scripture references and in some places is a direct quote from the Bible. The way we are using it as our devotion is to read a couple of lines of the hymn and then read the corresponding Scripture every night or so when we light our Advent candles.  It’s a fairly short devotion but with a lot of substance to it.

And because it’s just too good not to share, I’m putting the lyrics below with the corresponding Biblical references. Note that this includes two verses churches don’t typically sing today, but that have some really good stuff in them.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing  

Hark! The herald angels sing.
“Glory to the newborn King; (Luke 2: 8-14)
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!” (2nd Corinthians 5:18) 
Joyful, all ye nations rise, (Genesis 22:17; Galations 3:8)
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” (Micah 5:2)

Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest Heavn’n adored; (Matthew 5:17)
Christ the everlasting Lord; (Genesis 21:33, Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 90:2)
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb. (Isaiah 7:14)
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; (Hebrews 10:19-20)
Hail th’incarnate Deity (Colossions 2:9)
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, (John 1:14, Revelations 21:3)
Jesus our Emmanuel.(Matthew 1:23)

Refrain

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6)
Hail the Sun of Righteousness! (Malachi 4:2)
Light and life to all He brings, (John 8:12, John 6:40)
Ris’n with healing in His wings. (Malachi 4:2)
Mild he lays His glory by, (Philippians 2:5-8)
Born that man no more may die. (John 11:25-26)
Born to raise the sons of earth, (2nd Corinthians 4:14, 1st Corinthians 6:14)
Born to give them second birth. (John 3:3)

Refrain

Come, Desire of nations, come, (Haggai 2:7)
Fix in us Thy humble home; (John 1:14, Revelations 21:3)
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring seed,
Bruise in us thy serpent’s head. (Genesis 3:15)
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore; (Romans 8:22)
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.(2nd Corinthians 5:17, John 1:14, Revelations 21:3, Ephesians 2, Colossions 1:27)

Refrain

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place; (1st Corinthians 15:49)
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love. (1st Corinthians 15:45-49)
Let us Thee, though lost, regain, (Genesis 3)
Thee, the Life, the inner man.
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.(Colossions 1:27)

Refrain 

 

 

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