Devotions By Jan

What Child is This?

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manger-babyScripture for Today: John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The beautiful carol, What Child is This? is actually a remake of the song, Greensleeves, an old English folk song attributed to Henry VIII.  As my husband and I were married at Christmas time, this was also the song to which I came down the aisle.  Perhaps I chose it in the hopes that people would think I was younger than I was!  The lyrics were written by William Dix in 1865 and later three verses of his poem were merged and put to the tune of Greensleeves.  The carol asks a polarizing question!

Today’s verse gives the answer to the question of this carol.  The Word, who according to verse one is God, became flesh on that first Christmas morning.  This little baby came from the Father and as part of the Trinity, is God Himself dwelling among us.  What an incredible truth!  As the carol recounts,  “Hail hail the Word made flesh,” and “This, this is Christ the King.”

If I really believe that this little baby Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, than there is only one response; “let loving hearts enthrone Him.”  I want Him to be on the throne of my heart and rule my life.  Rather than following my own will, I strive to follow His.  He has redeemed my life and He has every right in the world to be on my throne.  He is my Savior and my King and it is a daily choice to allow Him to reign in me.

Thank you Lord, for Your definitive answer to the most important question ever asked!

 

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