- My favorite Christmas Carol is "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". I still tear up when they sing it at the end of "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
- My favorite line from my favorite Christmas Carol - "pleased as man with men to dwell". Despite knowing what the future held for Him, Jesus - King of Kings, Lord of Lords, God incarnate was pleased to humble himself and come to earth to dwell with us. Pretty amazing stuff.
- From "Silent Night" - "Jesus Lord at thy birth". THIS is what makes Jesus different from all the other gods and prophets. He was Lord from birth. He wasn't appointed; He didn't earn the job; He didn't have some divine revelation in grad school. He was Lord from the beginning. He was God, sent by God. Begotten not created (from "O Come All Ye Faithful")
- A friend posted this on his blog Did Jesus Cry on Christmas?. It reminded me of a TV Christmas movie from about 30 years ago, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". During the pageant, Mary picks up Baby Jesus and starts to pat him on the back. A snotty little girl remarks "Look at her. She's burping him like he has the colic". I realized that God Almighty might have had the colic! And He had messy diapers, too. And (you're right, Joe Fornear) He cried. How humbling and humiliating it was for Him to take human form - and for what? For who? Me!? Again, I say, pretty amazing stuff.
Monday, December 24, 2012
A Christmas Carol and then some
Some random thoughts on Christmas Carols...