What am I meaning there? A death he takes by humbly trusting his Father. Immediately, I found Isaiah , speaking of the gentle Servant figure, who is Jesus:. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street…. In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
Of course, Jesus cried! Not only did he cry as a baby—he cried as a full-grown man in the face of death! We could also go to Isaiah He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
But, even then, when you go to the passages where this is fulfilled in the Gospels, we find him speaking! So then, we have to ask what Isaiah meant—and how the Gospel writers understand its fulfillment. And, I think this is where we find a helpful answer. In each of the Gospels, the authors point out an occasion where Jesus gave no answer when questioned at his trial he opened not his mouth. Jesus silently refuses to answer the false charges against him, to fight for his rights.
As Philippians 2 says, he is humbling himself to the point of death, even death on a cross. Or, as 1 Peter records:. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
So, Jesus identified with lowliness and suffered without complaint—where does that leave us? I love how the hymn ends:. I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh. And, of course, he is—for although his life was one of suffering, even to death on a cross, he was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven.
And, of course, this is also true! He would dwell with them through his Holy Spirit. Unlike Jesus, we have a cradle. Well…probably not a literal cradle—another indication the author is being symbolic, not literal with Jesus and his crying. Jesus took suffering beyond what we ever would. Therefore, he knows how to sympathize with us in our weaknesses, having become like us.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there. We end praying that he would bless every child that has been given to his care, bless all those the Father has given to him. This is a confession that Jesus must make us fit to live in heaven—and is capable of doing so.
And this, of course, is at the heart of Christmas. We have all sinned. We have all, like sheep, gone astray. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Jesus took the punishment that we deserve in his own body, suffering perfectly in the place of sinners. And, when we repent and believe in him, his righteousness is counted as our own.
God the Father declares us to be perfect. In the 18th and 19th centuries, even adults were thought to be closer to death while asleep. Though that notion is less accepted today, the idea of Jesus as a comforting presence is certainly an appropriate understanding for a child. In spite of controversies of attribution and perhaps a bit of slippery theology, this little gem of the season is still sung each year with fervor and joy.
Subscribe Store About Contact Us. Blog Calendar Content Library. A lullaby that moves the listener. It transports us to our youth, to those early chapters of our lives. Yet is this tranquil jewel a prayer? Or is it an ode or a ballad celebrating the essence of Christmas itself?
Words and a melody that takes many of us back to our childhood. Yet its words and music tugs at the heartstrings of adults as well.
It is a Christmas carol that resounds within us. Paving a path down memory lane. Our affection for it prevails. According to sermonwriter. Lincoln had it sung at the White House. Its message of the heartfelt peace and sanctity of the family home make it the perfect fit for this quiet little household prayer over the sleeping child. Try it. There are no frosty winds in Luke. Perhaps the lowing of the cattle distracted Him. In , Richard S. There are forty-one. We limit ourselves here to the two tunes sung most often in, respectively, the United Kingdom and the United States.
William J. Kirkpatrick was an organist, hymn writer, and one-time fife major in the Philadelphia Volunteers. He issued some one hundred books of devotional pieces, often with his business partner John R.
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