Day 15: God and Sinners Reconciled

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice required to make atonement for our sin. Through his body and his blood he has reconciled us to our Father in heaven.  You might say, “Why do you talk about such things at Christmas.”  Is not Christmas about the birth of Jesus?  Indeed it is but his birth is like none other.  He is the “offspring of the virgin’s womb.”  He is “veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity.”  If Jesus was not born of a virgin, he is only an ordinary man and unable to reconcile us to the Father.  But Jesus is the “offspring of the virgin’s womb.”  So join with me and the angelic host of heaven and sing “Glory to the newborn King.” 


Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies,
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the virgin’s womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.


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