Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 13, 2017

Thought for the Week December 17, 2017

I received a Christmas card this week from the Potomac Ministry Network superintendent, Rev. Ken Burtram. You might say that he is the pastor to all the pastors in our network of over 320 churches, so he is my pastor. The card was interesting since it didn’t have a picture of the manger, the wise men, the Christmas star, or even Santa Claus and reindeer. The image on the front was of a pair of sandals, the lower hem of a garment, and a hand reaching out towards the hem. I wondered at the card.

On the inside it explained that the word for “wings” was also used in ancient Israel to describe the lower hem of a garment where the tassels would be attached. It further noted that the Christmas carol, Hark The Herald, says that Jesus was “ris’n with healing in His wings,” which was born out when the woman with the issue of blood approached Him believing that a simple touch of his hem (wings) would bring healing from a malady with which she had suffered for twelve long years. And it did! She was healed instantly.

As I read this I remembered something that came to me Sunday while we sang, Do You See What I See? The hymns of Christmas almost all present the gospel of Jesus Christ in one way or another. Some are plain as day while others prompt the listener to thoughtful pondering about the meaning, which is good.

Read the rest of the third verse of Hark The Herald, and check out the clarity of the gospel it presents. Scripture references are inserted so you can look them up:

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! (John 1:1, Isaiah 9:6)
Hail the Son of Righteousness! (Malachi 4:2 – Sun of righteousness)
Light and life to all He brings. (John 9:5, John 10:28)
Ris’n with healing in His wings. (Matthew 12:15, Matthew 14:36)
Mild He lays His glory by. (Philippians 2:5-7)
Born that man no more may die. (John 11:25-26)
Born to raise the sons of earth. (John 6:40)
Born to give them second birth. (John 3:3, John 1:12-13)
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

You know, if you look at any hymn of Christmas, you can do the same sort of thing. You’ll find the Bible enclosed within the verses. What a treasure we have been given as others adorned the Christmas holiday with words that turn our eyes heavenward and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, even to those who are apart from Him.

It might be an interesting Christmas project to pick a well known hymn and sit down with your family or friends and try to find the Bible verses that are depicted in the hymn. Then you can discuss what the verses mean and what the author meant by the words of the hymn. Wouldn’t that help you to keep your eyes on Jesus this Christmas? It’s just an idea and a thought for the season.

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