I’m seriously contemplating doing a whole 365 days of Christmas as there is so much to write in regards to this season! And there is so much that I love it about…too bad every day couldn’t be Christmas. Oh wait…it already is! At least, it is so in the heart of every believer.
Many of the songs that are sung this time of year comprise some of the finest music known to man. I wonder why that is…? *knowing smile*
I had a hard time choosing today’s insightful entry pick, but settled on The First Noel, another of my favorite Christmas hymns.
No Christmas season would be complete without hearing the strands of The First Noel. I’ve completely fallen in love with TobyMac and Owl City’s version of the song…no wonder it’s climbing the charts. Find it here.
Very little is known about this one song most of us cherish. It is believed to have been written in France during the 15th century. Noel is a French word derived from the Latin term for birthday. The repetition of Noel during the refrain of the song is our equivalent of singing Happy Birthday to someone. The First Noel portrays a vivid narrative story of the birth of Jesus and all stanzas are needed to complete the story. The sixth verse invites us all to join together in praise to God for the marvels of His creation and for the salvation He provided through His Son, Jesus.
It is interesting to observe that the “King of Israel” was first announced to “certain poor shepherds” only, but in the final stanza the phrases “let us all” and “mankind hath brought” remind us that Christ came to redeem the whole world.
The first noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay-in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night.
And by the light of that same star, three wise men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went.
This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay.
Then entered in those wise men three, full rev’rently upon their knee, and offered there, in His presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, that hath made heav’n and earth of naught, and with His blood mankind hath bought.
Chorus: Noel, noel! Noel, noel! Born is the King of Israel!
Amazing how one song can hold so much truth about the Savior’s birth! Celebrate that today!