by J.C. O' Hair
From heaven’s glory Christ came down to sinful men on earth.
We’ve reached another Christmas day to celebrate His birth:
Eternal God in human form, the Virgin’s holy Child:
The One of whom the prophets wrote, the seed of woman—undefiled.
Gabriel came to Mary’s home God’s message to proclaim,
To tell her of the Saviour’s birth; to give to her His name:
“Call Him Jesus”, God’s command; on David’s throne He’ll reign;
He’ll save His people from their sin and Israel’s rights regain.
In Bethlehem’s manger He came forth—Israel’s glorious King.
The shepherds kept their flock by night and heard the angels sing:
“Peace on earth! Good will to men! Christ is born today!”
The wise men came. to see the King; God’s star had led the way.
And there was born the Son of God Who lived in Israel’s land,
Who came to earth to do God’s will—all that God had planned.
Christ came to set the captive free; give Satan’s slaves release;
He spake the Word of God, to men, brought comfort, health and peace.
By word and work Christ proved His claim; Has right to David’s throne.
But Israel said, “He shall not reign”—rejected they the Stone,
In the garden Christ was found, and by Judas there betrayed.
Before the rulers He was led, in purple robe arrayed.
Crowned with thorns they hailed Him king, in derision and disgrace
They hated Him without a cause; they spat upon His face.
Pilate found no fault in Him, desired to set Him free:
His rulers cried, “We’ll take the blame! nail Him to the tree”.
So the Lord of glory died; but He suffered not in vain.
Not only was His death foretold; but He must rise again.
No other way could God be just and sinful men forgive;
The penalty by Christ was paid! By faith the just shall live!
Eternal life is God’s free gift through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And when we’re saved, God gives us work with promise of reward.
And as we worship, serve and wait until we hear the call
We know our labor’s not in vain; for God remembers all.
He gives us grace for every day to serve by word and deed;
He keeps us by his power Divine; supplies our every need.
The riches of our blessed Lord are enjoyed by every one
Who will obey the word of God and abide in Christ His Son.
By His Spirit we are sealed until redemption day.
Then the Lord Himself shall come and take His saints away.
In heaven we shall then appear, in bodies glorified;
All living saints who still remain and all the saints who’ve died.
We’ll sing anew redemption song when we reach that happy place;
Ever with our Lord we’ll be, as sinners saved by grace.
Tears and crying will all be o’er; no death and never night;
Eternal day for God’s redeemed; forever pure delight.
It this Christmas season then, as we give to those we love,
Let our hearts be fixed on Him Who lives for us above.
If this message reaches one, who’s not yet saved from sin,
why not take God’s Christmas Gift and let the Saviour in?