“Hark The Herald Angels Sing” Christmas Devotional

Christmas, Christian, Devotion

December 13

“Hark The Herald Angels Sing” – Written by Charles Wesley

Hark the herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled”

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris’n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

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Today’s Devotion

Several years ago, Alexis and I attended a church in Denver where the pastor preached a four-week Advent series based entirely on “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”. Indeed, I can think of few other Christmas hymns that are so richly endowed with the fundamental theology of our faith, and I first of all encourage you to go back and read the lyrics to this song closely, if for no other reason than to marvel at the robust truth of its words.

The third verse of this song has always struck me as particularly poignant, especially the lines, “Born that man no more may die / Born to raise the sons of earth / Born to give the second birth.”

There is such profound purpose in the birth of Jesus. Through the common, everyday action of a new life entering the world, the vision and mission of God’s redemption plan invaded the land of darkness and decay.

Jesus knew there was deep, spiritual purpose in birth. That’s why he used it as one of his primary metaphors to describe salvation. In his conversation with Nicodemus in John 3, Jesus debated with him on the meaning of a new birth by the Spirit. Jesus stated in v. 3:6-7, “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.”

And this is the purpose of Jesus life – to “give them second birth” as “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” describes.

In Jesus’ sinless birth, conceived of the Holy Spirit, he created the blueprint for the spiritual rebirth of all people. Just in the same way that Jesus was born into this world free of the shackles of sin, we too are invited to be reborn fresh, clean, and unchained.

Although we typically think about Easter as the culmination of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness, it is at Christmas where Jesus, even as newborn baby, began undoing the enslavement of darkness in our world, by creating a new model of life for us: to be born free.

Spiritual Exercise For Today

Spend some time contemplating the idea of being reborn. What does that mean, or look like, to you? In Jesus, we all have an opportunity for a new start, for life lived in the Spirit. When you think about the magnitude of such a fresh beginning in Jesus – what does that speak to you?

Prayer

God,

As we move closer to Christmas Day, we thank you for the gift of your son and the salvation that he has brought to our lives. There is no hope apart from you, God, and your son has brought hope for us to live a new life that begins now and extends into eternity. Thank you for this gift, and we pray that you’ll teach us all the more what the gift of your son looks like in our lives. Amen

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Aaron Waid

Aaron Waid

Aaron is a husband, father, theologian, writer, instructor, and musician.
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A devotional based off the Christmas carol Hark The Herald Angels Sing. Day 13 of the 25 Days of Christmas Worship Song Devotions.