“…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.”
(Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, Charles Wesley)
There are many disadvantages of not coming to faith as a child. But one of the advantages, in my case, was finding at the age of 18 that I had been singing pure gold my whole life without realising it.
That first Christmas as a believer, I was stunned to find myself singing the above oh-so-familiar lyrics, as if hearing them for the very first time. I understood the words because that year I had LIVED those words. I had been given the second birth! Jesus had come for me!
So, why am I amazed that my birth-family, and millions of others, sing heartily those words each year and know nothing of this second birth?
As Paul says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV)
PRAY: Lord, as friends and relatives sing these words in churches and carol concerts this season, or merely half listen to them in a shop, may the scales drop from their eyes so they can see the light of Jesus right there before them. May they see, turn and receive the second birth, in the name and power of Jesus. Amen.