It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

 

The hymns we sing through the Christmas season have more doctrinal base in them than many people realize.  Stop and read the words of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”:

 

It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold!

“Peace on the earth, good will to men,

From heaven’s all gracious King!

The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come

With peaceful wings unfurled

And still their heavenly music floats

O’er all the weary world;

Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wing.

And ever o’er its Babel sounds

The blessed angels sing.

 

Yet with the woes of sin and strife

The world hath suffered long;

Beneath the angel-strain have rolled

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not

The love song which they bring:

O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing.

For lo!

the days are hastening on,

By prophet bards foretold,

When, with the ever-circling years,

Shall come the Age of Gold;

When peace shall over all the earth

Its ancient splendors fling,

And all the world give back the song

Which now the angels sing.

Jesus came to earth as a babe in a manger, born in a way one wouldn’t expect the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He gave up all the glory of Heaven for 33 years, starting at the manger, to be the sacrificial lamb offered back to God for our sins.  Angel heralded His birth, Angels attended to him in His ministry, and Angels are there with Him now.

While we right now celebrate His birth, are you prepared for when He calls His chosen back  home?  If you died right now, would you go to Heaven and be with Jesus?

Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin’s control. – Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a  “For the wages of sin is death…” Sin has an ending.  It results in death.  We all face physical death, which is a result of sin.  But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity.  The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever.   It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain. – Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b  “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Salvation is a free gift from God to you!  You can’t earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it. – Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8,  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that  we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life.  He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us! – Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change.  His love bought you out of being a slave to sin.  His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership.  God loves you!

Romans 10:13  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door, ask Him to come into your heart.

Jesus said,

Revelation 3:20a “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?

Believe in Him.

Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again.

God will help you.  He loves you.

You need to look for a local church where God’s word is preached.  The Bible says that we are to desire God’s word like a newborn baby desires mother’s milk.

Aren’t you hungry to know the truth?

Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that you have been joined to Jesus.  This is an action, and actions will not save you.  However, it is an act of obedience and a symbol of commitment.

The symbolism is this:

When you go down in the water you show that You have been crucified and buried with Him, And when you come up out of the water you show that you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life. (See Romans chapter 6)

You have been born again. (See John chapter 3)

Your body has become God’s temple. Your heart is where He lives.

Forgiveness is yours in Jesus. And you belong to Him.

You were sin’s slave. But now…

You are a child of GOD! John 1:12

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Romans Road found at KJV1611 

 

 

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