WHO CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH?
by James McGranahan
One of my fondest memories growing up was singing from the “LET YOUTH PRAISE HIM” song book from L.C school days where this song came right after the Christmas section. As a family we have sung this song often as we gathered around the dinner table at Christmas. In my research I discovered this song was not well known and what made it more intriguing to me was the asterisk in the margin declaring it was a song that was “suitable” for primary students. Well I beg to differ as I believe that the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us in ways that we can understand. There is no theological hairsplitting here! The author of this song is no stranger to many of us, more about him later.
- Who came down from heaven to earth? Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Came a child of lowly birth? Jesus Christ, our Savior. [chorus]
- Who was lifted on the cross? Jesus Christ, our Savior,
There to bear all pain and loss? Jesus Christ, our Savior. [chorus]
- Who hath promised to forgive? Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Who hath said, “believe and live”? Jesus Christ, our Savior. [chorus]
- Who is now enthroned above? Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Whom should we obey and love? Jesus Christ, our Savior. [chorus]
- Who again from heaven shall come? Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Take to glory all His own? Jesus Christ, our Savior. [chorus]
Sound the chorus load and clear; He has brought salvation near;
None so precious, none so dear, JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.
Do take notice how all the lines pose a Question. What an opportunity to talk to others and your children about these questions!
The following is not comprehensive so please include your own scripture texts.
John 3:13-15. “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. [see song VERSES 1,2&3]
John 3: 16-17. “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.” [see song VERSES 2&3.]
John 6: 38-40. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. “[see song VERSES 1,3 & 5.]
Romans 6: 22-23. “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and in the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [see song VERSE 4]
Acts 1:11b.”This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” [ see song VERSE 5]
The final promise. “ TAKE TO GLORY ALL HIS OWN! [see song VERSE 5 ]
Revelation 21: 3-4. “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:22, 22:3-5. “ But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” And He showed me a pure river of water of life. Clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there ; They need no lamp nor light of sun, for the Lord gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Verse 20 MARANATHA!!!
This Chorus should be shouted! Psalm 105: 1b. Our commission “Make known His deeds among the People” Jesus Christ our savior!! Acts 4:10b-11-12”that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there found salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Have a blessed Christmas from the Nick Laninga’s
by Nick Laninga
P.S. For more on James McGranahan come to the Wiser Lake Chapel’s Christmas evening of Carols Christmas eve at 7:P.M.