Date: December 24, 2017
Speaker: John Fonville
Series: Five Songs of the Nativity
Scripture: Luke 2:8–2:14
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The Song of the Angels, a hymn of praise, is the fourth song that clusters around the nativity story in the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.
The first three songs are sung by humans, all of whom are waiting in hopeful expectation for the coming offspring of the woman who will crush the serpent’s head and bring salvation to God’s people. In these three songs, we hear earth addressing heaven about the significance of Jesus’ miraculous conception and soon coming birth.
But, in Luke 2, we have a rare glimpse into the praise of heaven. In this song, heaven addresses earth about the significance of Jesus’ birth, which is the fulfillment of the long-awaited hopes of God’s people.