Thursday, December 20, 2018

Enduring Word Bible- Ah, Dearest Jesus

Enduring Word Bible- #37

Matthew 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus is told rather simply
 in the account of Matthew.
This section is more the story
 from the viewpoint of Joseph.
The defeat and blow to hear
 that Mary was pregnant,
and he knew he wasn't the father.
Culturally- this was devastating news.
And then the supernatural intervention
 of a visit from an angel.
Things were following a normal path
 for this engaged to be married couple.
But, the obedience of Joseph 
clearly showed the kind of father
 he was going to be to Jesus.
And he named his son Jesus-
 just as the angel told him to do.

This margin has the words from a favorite
 Christmas hymn written by Martin Luther.

It was written in 1535 by Luther
 and translated by Catherine Winkworth in 1855.
These words are from the longer hymn-
 From Heaven Above to Earth I come.
It is #85 in The Lutheran Hymnal.
Here are 3 stanzas from that hymn.
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle song.

Glory to God in highest Heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.

Pat Maier Margin
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