Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Born Tonight

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He humbly left the glories of heaven to become a lowly servant and die. But from Mary and Joseph's perspective can you imagine? Born with no one around in a barn. Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords born in a barn. Once he was born I am sure Mary and Joseph were excited more than anything else. I can remember being in the delivery room so excited to see Emma for the first time. Mary and Joseph had not only given birth to a child but the Messiah.

This year at our churches Christmas concert our worship pastor, Todd Murray, played a song he had written last year and one of the lines just hit me like a ton of brick. The song is called Born Tonight (I will post the lyrics in their entirety below) and here is the line that struck me: Speaking about Mary, "And touch those tiny hands that one day will be crucified." It's hard for me to think about holding Emma's little hands knowing the reality that one day they would be nailed to a cross for my sin but that is exactly what took place with Mary. The thought is mind-blowing.

Born Tonight

Mary, wonder that the angel called you favored one
And now every generation calls you blessed,
In a filthy stable give birth to God's only Son
For there was no place to lay your head to rest
And touch those tiny hands that one day will be crucified
For He was born to die to break sin's chains.
Hold within your trembling arms the world's eternal Light
For the Savior of the world is born tonight.

Joseph, do not fear to take young Mary as your wife
For the Lord conceived the Child she holds within.
And you shall name the baby Jesus when He's bro't to life
For He comes to save His people from their sin.
And you shall call His name Emmanuel, God here with us,
God's come to dwell with us in human form.
Kiss the holy face where God and man as one unite,
For the Savior of the world is born tonight.

Angels, bring your good news of great joy to all the earth
That a Savior who is Christ the Lord is born.
And declare the sign that points men to the holy birth
A child wrapped within a manger so forlorn.
Lift your praise to God, whose glory reaches highest heav'n,
For He is pleased with men to reconcile
As you fill the heavens let your wings and words take flight
For the Savior of the world is born tonight

And Shepherds, leave behind you all your flocks out in the field
Where the glory of the Lord is shining bright.
And go and see this wondrous thing the Lord Himself revealed
With a multitude of angels on this night.
And hurry, find your way to Mary, Joseph, and the Babe
Within a manger laid in Bethlehem.
Gaze in wonder at this glorious, unexpected sight
For the Savior of the world is born tonight.

Hurry, find your way to Mary, Joseph, and the Babe
Within a manger laid in Bethlehem.
Gaze in wonder at this glorious, unexpected sight
The Savior of the world is born tonight.
For the Savior of the world is born tonight.
Yes, the Savior of the world is born tonight. (Todd Murray)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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