This Alfred Burt carol was written as part of a series of fifteen carols, between 1942 and 1954. They were originally meant only for family and friends as part of the family’s Christmas card. But since then these carols have been enjoyed by many and performed by the likes of James Taylor, Cher, and Nat King Cole among others.
The lyrics are simple and sweet. Some children see the baby Jesus as lily white, others as bronzed and brown. Some see Him as dark or almond-eyed. Although each group of children see the baby Jesus differently, all see Him as “bright with heavenly grace and filled with holy light.” That is because, “Tis love that’s born tonight.”
Pictured here is an array of skin color one can choose for the baby Jesus. As our verse says, God loved the world and His offer of salvation is for everyone. With His blood Jesus has “purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev. 5:9) The Christmas message is not just for one group of people. It transcends physical or cultural boundaries. The Christmas message is color blind.
The birth of Christ was a gift for everyone because our need for a Savior is universal. We all need Him. No one is exempt from their need of a Savior to forgive and give life. Regardless of our color, culture, or language He offers Himself as a personal Savior. One day I invited Him to be mine and it was the best and most important decision I have ever made!
Thank you Lord, for the incredible gift of Your Son. May many receive Your gift this Christmas!