The Christ of Christmas
Luke 2: 8-14
Mary Elizabeth Elliott
No jingle bells, but stable smells
Filled the cold night air
Animals shifting noisily
While beholding a jewel rare.
The baby's mother looked at them
And gave a weary smile
Tired and worn from her ordeal
Having traveled many a mile.
But all was worth it, he was here
As Joseph looked in awe
Exhausted and challenged emotionally
By the baby that he saw.
For though all babies are beautiful
There was an ethereal glow
Surrounding the precious bundle
The Savior the world would know.
The shepherds, they already knew
The angels came to earth
Announcing good news for everyone
The event of the holy birth.
For unto YOU is born this day
A Savior, Christ the Lord
In the city of David lies the Prince of Peace
The fulfillment of God's Word.
Silent night, reverent sight
A King has come to earth
Son of God, Emmanuel
The pearl of greatest worth.
No jingle bells decked the stable's halls
No carols that quiet night
Just a star in the sky bringing wise men there
A blessed guiding light.
From cradle to cross He carried Himself
Giving all for you and for me
A humble and lowly beginning
And a death that would set us free.
The Christ of Christmas is powerful
The One sent so that we can see
That God loves us so much He gave us this Son
Ours for Eternity.
So this is the Christmas of challenge
This is the Christmas of choice
Is Christ in your Christmas or pageantry
It is time to follow His voice.
The Christ of Christmas is known to you
He makes the way perfectly clear
He's God of creation, glorified
Every day of the year.
Choose Christ in the manger and Christ on the cross
And you'll be forever free
Put Christ in your Christmas and God in your life
And worship the Trinity.
Your worship will grow as you walk with Him
All the way to His cross
Is the Christ of your Christmas the Lord of your life
He paid with His love, without counting the cost.
And there were shepherds residing in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.Just then, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom His favor rests!”
Mary Elizabeth Elliott