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Discover the Book - December 16, 2011

  • 2011 Dec 16


The Theology of Christmas

Isn’t it amazing how excited the witnesses of Christmas became, as they saw Him?

Surrounding Christ's birth are groups of believers who overflow with geysers of praise.

Sometimes we need to get close to them and see what they saw, then we will also feel the wonder, and overflow with praise. In each of these five hymns of praise we find the truths about God, which are the Theology of Christmas.

There is the hymn of Elisabeth, of Zacharias, of Mary, of the angels, and finally of Simeon & Anna. So the Christ of Christmas is introduced to us by a series of five Spirit prompted hymns, with Elisabeth’s in Luke 1:42 being the first. If you have never noted these in your Bibles, let me point them out as:

The Hymns or Psalms of Christmas

  1. First we see the scene when Elisabeth, the 6-months-along expectant mother of John the Baptist, breaks into praise at her cousin Mary’s arrival. These verses have been called since ancient times by a name derived from the first word of the Latin Vulgate, which is the: “Exclamavit” (Luke 1:42-45).

Luke 1:42-45 (NKJV) “Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessedare you among women, and blessedis the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessedis she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

  1. Then we catch the wonders of the words of Mary, who follows Elisabeth’s outpouring of praise with her marvelous “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55). In these ten verses Mary points to the Lord 19x, mentions herself 4x, and quotes over twenty different Scripture portions!

Luke 1:46-55 (NKJV) And Mary said:

      “ My soul magnifies the Lord,
       47 And my spirit has rejoiced in
God my Savior.
       48 For
Hehas regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
      For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
       49 For
He who is mightyhas done great things for me,
      And holy is
His name.
       50 And
His mercyis on those who fear Him
      From generation to generation.
Hehas shown strength with His arm;
Hehas scatteredthe proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
      And exalted the lowly.
He has filledthe hungry with good things,
      And the rich
He has sentaway empty.
He has helpedHisservant Israel,
      In remembrance of
His mercy,
55 AsHe spoke to our fathers,
      To Abraham and to his seed forever

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