Plenty of Reason for Joy!

1 On Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring;
on Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring:
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King’s birth.

2 Then why should we on earth be sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad?
Then why should we on earth be sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad,
when from our sin he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

3 When sin departs before Your grace,
then life and health come in its place;
when sin departs before Your grace,
then life and health come in its place;
angels and men with joy may sing,
all for to see the newborn King.

4 All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
all out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night:
“Glory to God and peace to men,
now and forevermore. Amen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZm2NsZnJHE    “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing” (The Sussex Carol)

“The Angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’”

 

Also called the Sussex Carol, this is a popular Christmas carol in Britain. The words were first published in 1684 by a Irish bishop named Luke Wadding; Ralph Vaughn Williams heard this carol sung in Sussex and was published in 1919 (according to Wikipedia.)

I love the joyousness of this hymn – from the lilting, upbeat melody to the words that remind us of our gladness, life and health – this hymn is a feel-good hymn. The words are laid out so clearly – “Why should we on earth be sad, since our Redeemer has made us glad!” and “When sin departs before Your grace, then life and health come in its place.” This song is a great reminder that for Christians, we can be joyful in all things. Jesus was born to set us free from the burden of our sin, so that we can live reconciled with God – the God who made us, the God who loves us. Even though in this world we will have sadness and trouble, we can be comforted that by loving that baby Jesus, we will have eternal life, health and peace. What a reason for joy!

~Bethany Hilt

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