This week we have been looking at some of the greatest Christmas carols of all time. They are truly great songs, but what makes them amazing is not their catchy tunes or their rhythmic beats, it is their subject matter and content. People react differently to Christmas songs: some remain speechless, some get chills, and some shed tears. But, all who hear experience a reverence for a Holy God and the birth of His son.

The first verse of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” says:
“Hark the herald angels sing, 
”Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, 
 Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim: 
 “Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing, 
 “Glory to the newborn King!”

While all of those words have meaning this time of year, the most important phrase for all of humanity is found in those four words, “God and sinners reconciled!”
After all, reconciliation is the reason God gave us His One and only Son. The Apostle Paul says, All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

This Christmas, remember RECONCILIATION. God desires more than anything else to reconcile humanity to Himself! That includes you!
Think about it and have a Merry Christmas!

John Mark Caton
SENIOR PASTOR
office: 972.359.7777 x1021
pastor@cottonwoodcreek.org

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconcile.
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
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Christ by highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail, the incarnate deity,
Pleased as Man with Man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.