Thursday, December 24, 2015

What Child Is This?

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be once again discussing the upcoming birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament portion of God's Word, the Bible, (Isaiah 7:14) we read that when He was to be born, Virgin Mary would call Him... Immanuel/Emmanuel... meaning... God with us.

Upon His birth, some people thought that Immanuel/Emmanuel would be our Lord's name.  But, it didn't have to be.  It was meant only for Mary in the New Testament, to fulfill the prophecy of the Old Testament.

This was confirmed in the New Testament portion of the Bible (Matthew 1:23) when it actually happened!  Praise God!  Hallelujah!

Mary did call Him... Immanuel/Emmanuel, for she knew that He was... God with us!

Then, she and Joseph named our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

Thinking about all this, and thinking about what child this truly was, made me think of music that most people are aware of.  The lyrics are by William Chatterton Dix, who applied the lyrics to the music/tune of Greensleeves, and is called, What Child Is This.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  The lyrics are below.

What Child Is This

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.
Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce him through,
the cross he bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant king to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.
How grateful I am that God provided Jesus to come to earth and become our Lord and Saviour.  Our Christ, who came to earth to provide salvation to all who will believe upon Him.

Just as we read, in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

All I can say to you, is... Merry Christmas!  For the child who provides everlasting life, was born!

Praise God!  Hallelujah!

Merry CHRISTmas, my friends and family!
Until next time...

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