Christmas Reflection, 2016

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Isaiah 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. 

Joy to the World

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

This song, originally written in 1719 by Isaac Watts, was written to be sung on Christmas Day! It announces the Savior’s birth in unparalleled beauty, truth, and grandeur. Watch Night services rang in Christmas Day with a passionate singing of this song at precisely the stroke of midnight. Our Christmas Day service, at Renton Church of the Nazarene, will begin with this song. I’ve waited all year to sing this song. He has come friends. He has come to make his blessings known far as the curse is found. He went to such great lengths to accomplish that. He has begun the ending of the curse, and of sin and death. He has come! Let us rejoice in this truth today, even as we prepare for His return. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!”

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