Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Bonar: Good will towards men

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
    —Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)

    Lo, God, our God has come!
        To us a Child is born,
    To us a Son is given;
        Bless, bless the blessed morn!
O happy, lowly lofty birth,
Now God, our God, has come to earth!

    Rejoice, our God has come!
        In love and lowliness;
    The Son of God has come
        The sons of men to bless.
God with us now descend to dwell,
God in our flesh, Immanuel.

    Praise ye the word made flesh!
        True God, true man is He.
    Praise ye the Christ of God!
        To Him all glory be.
Praise ye the Lamb that once was slain,
Praise ye the king that comes to reign.
    ... Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), Hymns of Faith and Hope, third series, New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1877, p. 59-60 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 9:6-7; 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Luke 2:14; Rev. 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your eternal reign in my heart has begun.

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