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December 16 – Go Tell It On the Mountain (A Christmas Carol Advent)





“Go Tell It on the Mountain” was written as an African-American spiritual song by John W. Work.  The carol dates back to the 1860’s and has been performed by a number of gospel performers over the years.

Commentary & Analysis

This song starts with the scene of the shepherds watching their flocks outside Bethlehem when suddenly a light from heaven appeared and angels came to tell them of the birth of their savior and ours (Luke 2:8-15).  The chorus of the song rings out with joy about the good news of Jesus Christ and echoes the feelings that innumerable people have had upon learning what Jesus Christ has done for us – “Go, Tell It On the Mountain, Over the hills and everywhere.”  We are called to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him (Matthew 28:19-20).

The third verse recounts the story of Jesus’ birth in a manger (Luke 2:13).  It also reminds us that lying in that humble manger was the savior of all mankind (Acts 16:31).  The fourth verse reminds us of the lostness we felt prior to accepting Jesus as Lord.  Finally, the fifth verse reminds us that we should never be proud in our standing as Christians.  We are called by God out of his grace, and the only appropriate response to that is one of humility.

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