The fifth and last verse of John Henry Hopkins’ 1857 carol We Three Kings of Orient Are is:
Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Earth to heaven replies.
(Go to 2. We Three Kings? to see a YouTube video with a good vocal rendition of the We Three Kings carol.)
This verse speaks of man’s response to the risen King and God who came to be the Sacrifice for man’s sin. The only appropriate response to the virgin birth of the God-man Jesus—born to die, rise, and reign—is, as the carol proclaims, Hallelujah, Praise be to God.
May this Christmas season be a blessed time of celebration and praising God for His Ultimate Gift.
The Magi set the precedent for giving gifts at Christmas. May every gift we exchange be done with conscious honor of the Ultimate Gift.
May every star we see, real or decorative, bring to mind His Star, the star that signaled the birth of the God-King to the Magi.
Glory to God in the highest!
Merry Christmas and a Blessed Incarnation Day to all!!!
Here are Christmas-themed selections from Handel’s Messiah, a Scriptural concert (9:48).
Soli Deo Gloria.
This concludes the series of six Christmas blog posts on the Magi and the Star of Bethlehem.
Read the prequels:
1. The Magi and The Star
2. We Three Kings? (with YouTube video)
3. Born A King!
4. His Star
5. Star of Wonder
Read my December 2007 Bible-Science newspaper column: Christmas Animals.
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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Tuesday December 25, 2007 A.D.
And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:8-14)