An Advent Reading for Thursday, December 14

Hymn 85, The First Noel

“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

   If you have ever taken a long trip to a destination you have longed for, or if you have ever been set on an experience or a goal to work toward, you know how amazing and wonderful it is when the arrival happens. And so it is in the scriptures.
   In 740 BC, Isaiah (9:6) proclaimed, “for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.” That long-awaited day came! It was announced in Luke 2:11 and, later, musicians honored it in song, “Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.” The long anticipated and awaited day had arrived and the song, “The First Noel” summarizes and celebrates the series of events and helps Christians today to embrace it all in a melody we have stored in our hearts.
   We are living in a day when there is a movement to reword, rewrite, and reinterpret the scriptures and to set traditions aside. There is a beauty and a reverence that is not always present in the 21st century that has been the foundation of the Christian church and the ties that bind. First Baptist College Station’s pastor emeritus, Malcolm Bane, frequently preached, “Jesus—plus nothing else.” Luke 2:11 and “The First Noel” present this truth so directly, “… a Savior which is Christ the Lord,” and “… born is the King of Israel.” Jesus … plus nothing else!

Sharon Colson