For this week’s devotion, I wanted to share an amazing Christmas hymn, including the last verse which seems to be neglected, but is so amazing. The hymn was adapted by George Whitfield, who was a famous and faithful open-air preacher in the 1700’s. The last verse includes such amazing Biblical imagery that communicated the bruising of the serpent’s head. Maybe for your family song time, sing the song and add the last verse as we consider what the coming of Jesus means.
Hark! the Herald Angels sing, Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on Earth, and Mercy mild, God and Sinners reconcil'd.
Joyful all ye Nations rise, Join the Triumphs of the Skies;
Nature rise and worship him, Who is born at Bethlehem.
Christ by highest Heav'n ador'd, Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in Time behold-him come, Offspring of the Virgin's Womb.
Veil'd in Flesh the Godhead see, Hail th' incarnate Deity!
Pleas'd as Man with Men t'appear, Jesus our Emmanuel here.
Hail the Heav'n-born Prince of Peace, Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and Life around he brings, Ris'n with Healing in his Wings.
Mild he lays his Glory by, Born that Men no more may die;
Born to raise the Sons of Earth, Born to give them second Birth.
Come, Desire of Nations, come Fix in us thy heav'nly Home;
Rise the Woman's conqu'ring Seed, Bruise in us the Serpent's Head.
Adam's Likeness now efface, Stamp thy Image in its Place;
Second Adam from above, Work it in us by thy Love.