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Author: Jim Byrd Tune: Silent Night (Franz Gruber) 1. Gracious Lord, precious Lord, Lamb of God, living Word; Condescended to come to earth, Woman's Seed, miraculous birth; Jesus Savior of sinners, Savior of sinners is He.
2. Gracious Lord, precious Lord, May His Name be adored; For He came our souls to save, To redeem, His life He gave; Jesus Savior of sinners, Savior of sinners is He.
3. Gracious Lord, precious Lord, Sing His praise with accord; Shout aloud His victory, He has set the captives free; Jesus Savior of sinners, Savior of sinners is He.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ December 25 - Morning - by Robert Hawker “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1:14 Turn aside, my soul, this day, from every vain and worldly thought, as Moses did at the bush, and behold by faith the accomplishment of what he then saw in type and figure, of this great sight which the Lord hath made known unto thee. The Word, the uncreated Word, even the eternal Son of God, taking upon Him the nature of man, and uniting both in one Person, that by the union He might be a suitable Savior for His people. As God, He was mighty to save, and fully competent to the wonderful act. As man; He was a suitable Savior, for the right of redemption belonged to Him. And as both, He, and He alone, could become a proper Mediator, to reconcile and bring together God and man, which by sin were at variance. This was the glorious news angels posted down from heaven to proclaim. This was the song of heaven, for which they sung “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.” My soul, canst thou join in the song? Yes, if so be thou hast received Christ in those glorious characters; if, as for this divine purpose He was born in our streets, He is born in thy heart also, and formed there the hope of glory. Oh it is a blessed thing to have true scriptural views of the Lord Jesus, and so to receive Him, as Jehovah hath sent Him forth, the Christ of God. Amen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ December 25 - Evening - by Robert Hawker “And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16 My soul, sit down this memorable evening, and in commemorating the great event of Christ’s nativity, listen to what the Holy Ghost here speaks, by His servant, the apostle, concerning the mystery of godliness! Here are so many wonders branched out into so many chapters: they hang like a rich and full cluster upon the vine. Gather them one by one, mark their beauties, and taste their sweetness. The first is, “God manifest in the flesh:” here is a meditation for thee to live upon, and to feast upon for ever. Thy God, thy Jesus, thy Holy One, the Son of God, was made flesh! Go on to the second: He was “justified in the Spirit:” a matter that would never have taken place had He not fully, by His righteousness and death, satisfied His Father’s law and brought in an everlasting righteousness for His people. Take down the third blessed character: He was “seen of angels.” Yes! they worshipped Him also: for angels, principalities, and powers, were made subject unto Him. Look, my soul, at thy Lord, under the fourth description which the Holy Ghost hath here given of Him: He was “preached unto the Gentiles:” and this was as great a mystery to the Jewish church, as any; that God should “grant to the Gentiles also, through Christ, repentance unto life.” And how dear this part of Jesus’s character should be to thee, my soul, who was by nature a poor Gentile, an alien to the commonwealth of Israel, having no hope, and without God in the world, thou needest not to be told. Mark another, and the fifth, particularity of thy Jesus; He is said to be “believed on in the world:” and how should this have been done, even in a single instance, but for the sovereignty of God’s grace? Surely this is no less a mystery also. Remark, my soul, how great, how very great in thy case. Lastly, the account closeth: “Jesus was received up into glory:” and there, my soul, do thou, follow Him, by faith, until the Lord come to take thee home with Him in absolute enjoyment, that “where He is, there thou mayest be also.” Amen.