Words: Traditional carol in Spiewniczek Piesni Koscielne, 1908;
Translated from Polish to English by Edith M. Reed, 1921.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7

This particular Christmas carol is little known, but it is well loved by those who are familiar with its pure and simple, yet deeply meaningful words about the infant King at His long-awaited, prophesied, and wholly miraculous birth.

Every Christmas in modern times, we see Nativity scenes on display. It is said of one child going through a live nativity scene at a local church that he turned to his parents and asked, "He's still a baby? He's been a baby as long as I remember!" Praise God, the Messiah did not remain that lowly baby. He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. He lived a sinless life. Born in a stable like a lamb, He died on Calvary as our Passover Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world! He rose from the grave, ascended into Heaven, and now He awaits His Father's bidding to return to claim His Bride, the Church! No, He is no longer a baby in the manger. He reigns on high! And someday soon, those who know Him as Saviour will go to be with Him in the clouds, then return to rule and reign with Him in His kingdom!

(JMS: Christmas of 2004, not only will I play this hymn and sing this hymn, I have added two verses to this hymn. Enjoy, and be blessed!)

Infant holy, Infant lowly,
For His bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing,
Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing,
Noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the Babe is Lord of all!
Christ the Babe is Lord of all!

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
Vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story,
Tidings of a Gospel true!
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
Praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the Babe was born for you!
Christ the Babe was born for you!

Infant growing, fully knowing
Why He came to earth that night.
Given to us to redeem us
From sin's condemnation blight.
Died on Cal'v'ry, pierced and bleeding,
Rose to Vict'ry! Sin defeating!
He was born to die for you!
He was born to die for you!

Savior holy, praise my soul! He
Is no longer in the hay!
He's ascended! And what's splendid,
He could claim His Bride today!
Are you ready, is your lamp bright
Burning steady, if 'twas tonight
The Redeemer comes for you?
The Redeemer comes for you!

*For Today*: Luke 2

Do you know the Christ of Christmas? Do you know Him as Savior, or only as a Babe in a manger?


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