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Incarnation | BobbyShirley.com

Incarnation: How To Fit a World in a Wardrobe

Here’s a small collection of quotes about the incarnation of God. God becoming man is something to celebrate, meditate on, and cherish.



“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline


“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


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Anthem | BobbyShirley.com

Anthem or How To Make a Declaration

He spake, and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire
The praises of redeeming love they sang
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang
God’s highest glory was their anthem still
Peace upon earth and unto men goodwill

Christians Awake

I love Christmas carols. I’ve never heard this one, I love the lyrics when I came across them.

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Divine | BobbyShirley.com

Divine

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

I love this song. It’s melody has always seemed beautiful and a little melancholy. I was always attracted to the melody and never really paid attention to the words. Apparently, I was missing out.

First verse, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.” I love the imagery painted here!

The entire second is a Gospel bomb! “His law is love and His gospel is peace.” How sweet is He that He makes His law love and the good news that He brings is peace?

Herald

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
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
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

This hymn drops gospel bombs out of the gate!

“God and sinners reconciled”

Then the song doesn’t stop!

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel”

This song is a powerhouse! Finally dropping the whole truth.

“Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth”

What a whole, complete, musical retelling of the gospel! Beginning to end, top to bottom, chocked full of the glorious gospel of Jesus!

Merry

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.

CHORUS:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our Heavenly Father,
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.

I love hymns. I love Christmas hymns more! They are so rich in truth and theology. From the opening line of this hymn it hits you with some rich gospel goodness! “To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.” Then the chorus is so simple yet profound. I mean who doesn’t want comfort and joy?!


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