On my other blog, I reflected briefly on the expression ‘Christmas is….’ Check it out here if you’re interested.
Today’s Olney hymn was penned by John Newton as he reflected on the Incarnation. He includes the birth of Christ but draws us to consider His death. After all, Jesus came to ‘save His people from their sins.’ He was born to die. Reread Matthew 1 and 2 or Luke 1 and 2 and you can see in His name, in the gifts brought by the wise men, in the songs sung by Mary, Zacharias and Simeon, prophetic anticipation of His death.
How shall we respond to such a Saviour? Newton pleads with God–‘Lord, unloose my stammering tongue, Who should louder sing than I?’ While musical artists, who too often may blaspheme the name of God, opt to produce a ‘Christmas album,’ let those of us who have experienced saving…
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