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Round the Sphere Again: Christmas Hymns

The Story of Redemption
Kevin DeYoung gives us some background to one of my favorites, Of the Father’s Love Begotten.

The Hopes of Israel
Keith Mathison reflects on the content of O Come, O Come Emmanuel:

The words of the hymn express the hopes of Israel throughout her history for the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promise. We as Christians can now look back to the fulfillment of those promises – to the most incredible, awe-inspiring moment in history, the birth of Immanuel, the incarnation of the Son of God Himself.

(Ligonier Ministries Blog)

The Benefits of Christ
Daniel Hyde explains why Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is his favorite Christmas carol.

Why is Hark! the Herald Angels Sing my all-time favorite Christmas carol? It is not only because it powerfully proclaims the truth of the doctrine of the incarnation, but because it personally expresses the benefits of Christ in Christian experience. The One who was born on Christmas causes us to be born again as Christians.

(Ligonier Ministries Blog)

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