Day 12 :: 12 Days to Christmas

Last Saturday night, I took my daughter to see the “Behold the Lamb of God” concert with Andrew Peterson and friends. I thought it was incredible. I downloaded the CD during the concert and have been listening to it every since then. It’s one of the best “centering” pieces of music and one that I’ve decided to share with you over the next 12 days. I will take one song from the CD (in order) and write thoughts on the song each day between now and Christmas Day. It would be awesome for you to have the CD, so you and your family can listen along, but at the very least I’ll try to provide a video for each day. I hope you enjoy this journey.

Track01:.Gather ‘Round Ye Children Come

Gather round ye children come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the power of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man

The story we enter into this season is not a new story. It’s an old, old story. It’s a story that for centuries was passed down orally from generation to generation. The story was a victory story. A story where the power of death is defeated by an infant born of glory. This was not just any baby. This was a baby worthy to be celebrated 2000 years later. The birth that would wreak havoc on a society and produce a holiday that today causes the world to stop and pause every year during the month of December. This was a different baby – this baby was the son of a young girl, yes, but more the Son of God Himself.

Gather round, remember now
How creation held its breath
How it let out a sigh
And it filled up the sky with the angels
Son of God, Son of Man

So, don’t let the days slip by without pausing and realizing that we celebrate something more than just fruitcakes and gift-giving-gift-receiving. On the night Jesus was born, all of creation waited in anticipation for the creator of everything to make his grand entrance into the world he fashioned with his own hands. All of creation, with the angels, paused and took noticed of the birth of the Son of God, Son of Man.

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but he made himself nothing
Well he gave up his pride and he came here to die
Like a man

The most incredible story ever told was that God, in all his riches and glory, stepped into our world. He who had everything became nothing and gave up his pride. He came to die, so this birth we celebrate is worthy because of the death even more than the birth. Our celebration comes with a look to the cross and not just the manger. The cross gives significance to the manger.

Therefore God exalted him
to the place of highest praises
And he gave him a name above every name
That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God

After the sacrifice had been made, God restored Jesus to the place of highest praises. The mission was complete. The debt had been paid. Sins were forgiven. Hope was restored. Life was poured out on death and his name is now above every name.

We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but he made himself nothing
Well he gave up his pride and he came here to die
Like a man

It’s at his name that we sing.  His name that we bow and worship. His name that is above every name. So, sing with all your heart this season.

So in heaven and earth and below
Every knee would bow and worship
And every tongue would proclaim
That Jesus, He reigns with the angels

The day will come when every knee will bow and worship him, that every tongue will confess that He is the Lord. He is the reason we sing. He is the reason that we worship. So gather ’round and remember The King that became a baby, so he could die to make things right between you and his Father, so that we may truly live.

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  1. Pingback: Merry Christmas and Celebrate Well « Ramblings of a Normal Guy

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