This is the final post in the series Everyday Christmas. Parts of this post are from last year’s posts, which are focused on what Christ the God-man, our Redeemer, has done for us.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; And, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
“Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, o things in earth, and things under the earth, And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown when Thou calmest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room for Thy holy nativity.
Chorus: O come to my heart, Lord Jesus — There is room in my heart for Thee!
Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, proclaiming Thy royal degree; But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, and in great humility.
The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest in the shade of the forest tree; But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, in the deserts of Galilee.
Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word that should set Thy people free; But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn they bore Thee to Calvary.
When the heavens shall ring and the angels sing at Thy coming to victory, Let Thy voice call me home, saying, “Yet there is room– there is room at My side for thee.”
My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when Thou comest and callest for me!
—Emily E. S. Elliott
This first video is organ only with beautiful video and lyrics — great for singing along.
The second is part of a cantata, written by David Hamilton and performed by The Buckhannon Choral Society, which is quite lovely.
Silent Night! Holy Night!
Silent night! holy night! All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and Child,
Holy Infant, so tender and mild — Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night! holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia — Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
Silent night! holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace — Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
—Joseph Mohr, Trans. by John F. Young
This video is about listening with your eyes, since it is in sign language.
At one point I hear myself think, Why sign language, when there’s a screen with the words on it?
And then I started watching her sign,
and I got it.
What are your thoughts?
There is something beautiful in the signing.
Something that is missing in the English language.
Something that describes our LORD,
and what He has done for us.
Christmas is over.
Let us not forget.
Our Saviour’s sacrifice.
Music and signing by: Twin City Bible Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.