Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"Caroling during Christmas"
"Christmas 2014: God became a Child so that we could become the children of God as commemorated in song. Caroling during Christmas was popular even in the 18th century. In Fact most of the popular carols sung today were written during the 18th century and early 19th century."
* "While Shepherds Watched Th ” -From an email received today from a pastor/teacher in New England (Part 1 of 4; Part 2: The Song)
* "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks"
"Based on the Gospel account in Luke 2, it reflects the Shepherd’s account of the announcement of the birth of the Messiah. Luke 2:11, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Shepherds in ancient times would sit all night beside their flocks, watching for wolves or other dangers and even feeding orphan lambs with milk on a soaked rag. No doubt this is why these shepherds were seated on the ground the night Jesus was born.
Naturally these humble men would be fearful, not only for themselves but also for their flock, when the brilliant light and the voices of the angels pierced the silent night. But with what wonder and exultation they must have heard the astounding news! Therefore, is it surprising that they forgot their duty to their flocks and hastened joyfully, though perhaps doubtfully, to see the Holy Babe in the manger with their own eyes?
I have always found it fascinating that the first group to receive the announcement of the birth our Lord were these lowly shepherds. Not only were they one of the lowest groups in the society, but also those who were the keepers of flock that would produce new lambs. As you know, our Lord was born so that He would become the sacrificial lamb for all of mankind, John 1:29, 36; cf 1 Peter 1:19; Rev 5:6, 12-13.
John 1:29, “The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Rev 5:6a, “And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain.”
Rev 5:12-13, “The angels saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 13And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
Read Luke 2:8–20; cf. Rom 1:3, “Concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh.”
“While shepherds watch’ed their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around, and glory shone around.”
“Fear not!” said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled minds; “glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind, to you and all mankind.”
“To you in David’s town this day is born, of David’s line, the Savior who is Christ the Lord, and this shall be the sign, and this shall be the sign.”
“The heav’nly Babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swathing bands and in a manger laid, and in a manger laid.”
“Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song, addressed their joyful song.”
“All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace: Good will henceforth from heav’n to men begin and never cease, begin and never cease!”
Out of gratefulness to God for the precious gift of His Son, we should be anxious to spread His peace and good will to others by means of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and living in His righteousness whenever we can." (Part 2 of 4; The First Noel next)