cropped-rose-white-and-pinkMatthew 1:21, “You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins”

John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”

The words to this great hymn were written by Emily E. Elliott, born (July 22, 1836 – August 3, 1897), at Brighton, Sussex, England the daughter of Edward Bishop Elliott, Rector of St. Mark’s Church in Brighton. The music to this hymn was written by Timothy R. Matthews, born (November 4, 1826 – January 5, 1910) at Colmworth (near Bedford), England. the son of the Rector of Colmworth.

Who did the angel announce the birth of Christ to? If you read the account in Luke, the angel bypassed Jerusalem, the religious center of Israel. He didn’t even go to Herodium, Herod’s villa near Bethlehem. Instead he appeared to a band of shepherds tending their flocks (Luke 2:8-9). They were notoriously irreligious, ranked by the rabbis with prostitutes and other “habitual sinners.” They were outcasts and barred from the synagogue and polite society. However, God spoke to them. I believe He knew that these shepherds, like so many people who appear indifferent to spiritual things, were quietly longing for God.

All of us have a longing for something more, and no matter how hard we try to appear self-sufficient, sooner or later we run out of something essential, love, money, time, or life. Isolation, loneliness, and fear of death lead us to acknowledge our need for a Savior. But where can we find Him? The Angel’s words to the shepherds were simple and very direct, “There is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Yes, you can find Him too. He came from the Throne of heavens glory to save those who would accept Him into their heart. Enjoy my brethren.

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home there was found no room
For Thy holy nativity.


O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But in lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility.


O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee.


O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word,
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary.


O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.”


And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee!

Further reflection:

Each year it seems that Christ’s birth is acknowledged less and less during the Christmas season. Sometime ago an editorial in a British newspaper stated, “Christ has been detached from Christmas, and the season is now apparently just a time for being kind and ensuring that no one is lonely. My brethren, we have a magnificent opportunity to spread the good news that Jesus Christ is the true meaning and reason for the season. Here are three perspectives on the true meaning of Christmas that we can share with others:

(1) Christmas is a birthday celebration, honoring Jesus. God’s Son took on human flesh and “dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

(2) Jesus came for our sake. He was born to die on a cross for our sins, and He was resurrected to give us forgiveness and eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

(3) We can urge people to respond to Jesus with faith, accepting His offer of salvation (John 1:12; 3:16).

This time of year is more than just a season to be kind and generous. Christmas is about Jesus, the true reason for the season. So, let’s take the opportunity to tell others the miraculous story of Jesus, God’s Son. And let’s pray that many like the wise men who came to worship the promised Savior (Matthew 2:1-2), will seek Him and find Him this year.

If Christ had never left His throne
To enter time and space,
We’d have no hope beyond the grave,
No knowledge of His grace. – Sper

A world without Christ would be a world without hope.