God and Sinners Reconciled

In this holiday season we are finding the true meaning of Christmas in our favorite carols. This week we take a look at Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn king”
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Christmas is all about the reconciliation of God and man. That is why Jesus came. And it’s all summed up in one verse of scripture.

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NKJV

Lets take a look at each phrase in this beautiful passage

She will bring forth a Son –The Christmas story is so familiar that sometimes we don’t really feel the impact of each detail. Don’t let the thought of the virgin birth slip by you. In this one facet of the story, so many important things are communicated. The virgin birth:

  • Proves Jesus’ divine origin
  • Expresses God’s desire to draw near and become part of the human race
  • Fulfill prophecy
  • Demonstrates that man cannot save himself
  • Allows Jesus to live the incarnation as fully God and fully human
  • Reveals that reconciliation was all God’s initiative

You shall call his name Jesus – The name Jesus is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name Joshua. Both are literally translated Jehovah saves. Jesus’ name reveals God’s heart of compassion for his creation.

For He will save His people from their sins – The message of Christmas is that Jesus became a man so that sinners could be reconciled to God. He saves us from our past sins, our present sins and any future sins. The core of Christmas is that you can change!

Jesus’ humble virgin birth, his obedient life, his substitutionary death and his powerful resurrection take care of all our past sins and save us from future sins by transforming our lives. Change is possible because of Jesus. That is something to sing about!