2. Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!
Text (st. 2) and Music: Public domain Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.
Someone much smarter than me once said that the New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed only in the New. It is a principle that will never steer you wrong when trying to make sense of your Bible. It is also a principle that I’ve always associated with Christmas and Easter.
Easter in hidden in Christmas and Christmas is revealed only in Easter. This present we receive in the Christmas Child is only fully unwrapped on Good Friday and Easter Sunday … In this baby’s suffering, dying and rising. Yet, Easter simply couldn’t be if Jesus were not one of us (incarnate), if Christmas didn’t come first. They are each of them important parts of the whole.
The hymn writers of many long ages all understood this well. That’s why all of my favourite Christmas Hymns have non-too-subtle images of Christ’s passion woven throughout. Consider “What Child is This?” Nail, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me, for you.
How often have we sung this verdict upon the tiny infant King, nestled in the manger?
How often have we stopped in our Christmas reflections to truly ponder all these things in our hearts?
Even in His lowly birth, His mean estate, this Christ is (by His very being in our flesh and blood) pleading for sinners. He is placing Himself to be the sacrifice of flesh and blood that will avail for the payment of mankind’s sin. He is even in Christmas, paving the way for Good Friday and Easter.
Hail, Hail the Word made Flesh, the babe, the son of Mary!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, may all the blessings of Life and salvation be yours in Christ!