One Happy Morning

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour. (Luke 2:11)

When we sing, “The Light of the world is Jesus,” there should be a glow on our faces that would make the world believe indeed that we really mean it!

The Incarnation meant something vast and beautiful for John Milton—and he celebrated the coming of Jesus into the world with one of the most beautiful and moving expressions ever written by a man:

 

This is the month, and this the happy morn,

Wherein the Son of Heaven’s eternal King,

Of wedded maid, and Virgin mother born,

Our great redemption from above did bring.

 

That glorious form, that Light insufferable,

And that far-beaming blaze of majesty,

He laid aside, and here with us to be,

Forsook the courts of everlasting Day,

And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.

 

Oh! run; prevent them with thy humble ode,

And lay it lowly at His blessed feet,

Have thou the honor first thy Lord to greet

And join thy voices with the Angel quire,

From out His secret altar touched with hallowed fire!

 

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