An Old Christmas Carol
Many modern ears have never heard the Christmas carol, "In the Bleak Midwinter". The first verse is enough to make anyone shiver with visions of frost, snow, and ice-cold stones. And the middle verses are rarely sung even by those familiar with the Old English hymn. But those middle verses, unlike most Christmas songs, highlight Christ's Godhood.
Our Savior heaven and earth cannot contain.
Our Lord diligently attended by rank upon rank of angels.
Our King Creator of time itself.
The advent did not negate Jesus' transcendence (other-ness), only highlighted His immanence. Emmanual: God with Us.
Christ's birth didn't remove the angel's worship, but rather allowed us a glimpse His true majesty. Lord of Hosts: Commander of Heaven's Armies.
And that night in Bethlehem was not the climax of the story. The final chapter awaits when Bethlehem's Infant King -- once confined to human time and space by His own will -- will return in His rightful splendor for His crown, His throne, and His own.
Our Christmas celebration doesn't stop at the beginning. We look toward the end and rejoice! The King is coming again!
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