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Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

James Grayston

It’s getting close to Christmas now - it's beginning to get darker and colder. The Christians at TCF are going to be sharing Christmas carols with you for the next 25 days.  Each day we'll post one of our favourite Christmas carols here on the blog.  These will have been chosen especially each day by someone different with a reason why they have chosen it.  It's not just because we like the tunes: the words of these hymns contain the truth the God has shared with us through the bible.  They will tell, over the next 25 days, the amazing true story of good news.  That the eternal Son of God became a human being in order that he might die to save us from our sins.  We want to share this story because of difference that the Lord Jesus, risen again, has made to each of our lives.  He is where we find our joy, our life, our hope, our righteousness, our everything.

Matthew 1:21

"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

The first carol I have chosen is really the carol of carols.  You can't have Christmas without hearing it in a town centre played by the Salvation Army.  Written by Charles Wesley in 1739 (it has to be good when we've been singing it for around 280 years) and sung here by Chris Tomlin.  The words are so clear and yet filled with meaning.  People really don't write this way anymore. 

"Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth."

It tells us the real reason and purpose as to why Jesus came to earth: to save us.  So that by trusting in him we can live forever.  This is why I have chosen the best carol, 'Hark the herald angel sing!'