As we celebrate the Godhead come to earth, taking on the flesh of men – the Incarnation – let us consider the rich theology found in Charles Wesley’s great work, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
(Charles Wesley, 1739)

Push play & follow along:

Hark! The herald angels sing, (Luke 2:10)
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, (Luke 2:141:78)
God and sinners reconciled!” (2 Cor. 5:18-21Col. 1:20-22)

Joyful, all ye nations rise, (Rev. 21:24Haggai 2:6-7)
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” (Luke 2:10-11Matt. 1:4-6Micah 5:2)
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” (Matt. 2:2)

Christ, by highest Heaven adored; (Luke 2:9-14Rev. 5:13Heb.1:6)
Christ the everlasting Lord; (Rev. 22:12-13)
Late in time, behold Him come, (Gal. 4:4)
Offspring of a virgin’s womb. (Matt. 1:18-23Luke 1:26-38)

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; (Heb. 10:20)
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, (John 1:14Rom. 1:38:3Gal. 4:4Phil. 2:7-8Col. 1:151 Tim. 3:16Heb. 1:3Heb. 2:9-111 John 4:2-32 John 1:7Rev. 22:16)
Jesus our Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7:14Matt. 1:23)

Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6)
Hail the Sun of Righteousness! (Malachi 4:2)
Light and life to all He brings, (John 1:410John 8:122 Tim. 1:10)
Ris’n with healing in His wings. (Malachi 4:2)

Mild He lays His glory by, (Phil. 2:6-8John 17:524)
Born that man no more may die. (John 11:25-26)
Born to raise the sons of earth, (1 Cor. 15:35-57)
Born to give them second birth. (John 1:133:3-6James 1:181 Peter 1:323Titus 3:5)

Come, Desire of nations, come, (Haggai 2:6-7)
Fix in us Thy humble home; (Eph. 3:17Rom. 8:9)
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed, (Gen. 3:15Rom. 16:20)
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Now display Thy saving power, (Heb. 7:25)
Ruined nature now restore; (Rom. 6:6Eph. 4:22-24Col. 3:9-10Rom. 12:2)
Now in mystic union join, (Eph. 5:31-321 Cor. 6:17Rom. 6:5)
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine. (Rom. 8:9-111 Cor. 2:14-16)

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface, (Rom. 5:12-211 Cor. 15:22)
Stamp Thine image in its place: (Gen. 1:26-27Col. 3:10Eph. 4:23-24)
Second Adam from above, (Rom. 5:12-211 Cor. 15:47)
Reinstate us in Thy love.

Let us Thee, though lost, regain (Phil. 3:8-11Luke 19:10)
Thee, the Life, the inner man: (John 14:61 John 5:11-12Eph. 3:162 Cor. 4:161 Pet. 3:4)
O, to all Thyself impart, (Jer. 31:34Habakkuk 2:14Phil. 3:8-11)
Formed in each believing heart. (Gal. 4:19Rom. 8:29Eph. 4:24Col. 1:273:10)

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