Advent: Sing Noel, Sing Hallelujah!

Well, the Christmas/Holiday/Advent season 2019 is about to conclude. The annual dropping of the Times Square Ball, located on the roof of One Times Square, will occur when the ball descends 141 feet (43 m) in 60 seconds down a specially designed flagpole, beginning at 11:59:00 p.m. ET December 31, and resting at midnight signaling the ending of one year and beginning of another. This year will also mark the concluding of one decade and beginning of another.

I trust your 2019 Advent season was filled with memorable occasions of worship, laughter, fellowship and friendship. It was for me and my family.

For some people I know, however, it was a season of tears, sadness and mourning because of the death of loved ones: expected and unexpected. It’s kind of hard to be wishing people a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year, or hearing the same, when your heart is breaking, or has been broken.

However, it is into just such a world of death and destruction, sin and suffering, tears and sorrow that Jesus entered that first Christmas night some 2,000 years ago. There were people suffering the ravages of sin then as there are today. It is into just such a world that the good news of noel, Jesus is born was proclaimed and needs to be proclaimed again and again.

There is hope beyond the grave for all who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus Himself said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

As I wrote that last paragraph, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and quoted from John 16:33, a Michael W. Smith Christmas Song began playing on my Internet Radio Station. It was entitled Sing Noel. Sing Hallelujah. There are no coincidences. Here are the lyrics.

Come
Behold this child
In the manger
Gift of the Father’s
Great love
Angels are down
As His glory
Surrounds them
Starlight
From Heaven above.

Sing noel
Sing Hallelujah
God in us
Now come to dwell
Sing noel
Lift high His praises
Christ our Emmanuel
Christ our Emmanuel.

Lift up your heads
All
Who wander in darkness
Shine
For your light has come
Down through the ages
Though sins battle rages
Christ
The Messiah has won.

Sing noel
Sing Hallelujah
Come adore our baby
Sing noel
Lift high His praises
Christ come
To set us all free
Christ come
To set us all free.

Let every daughter
And son of the Father
Rise
On this Christmas night
Let every voice sing
All praise and rejoicing
Christ
Our redeemer is born.

Sing noel
Sing Hallelujah
All creation
Great and small
Sing noel
Lift high
His praises
Christ come
To save us all.

Sing noel
Sing Hallelujah
All creation
Great and small
Sing noel
Lift high
His praises
Christ come
To save us all.

Christ come
To save us all.

 Hallelujah! Happy New Year!

Soli deo Gloria!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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