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December 11 – Joy To The World (A Christmas Carol Advent)





The words to this song were written by Isaac Watts in 1719.  The melody was composed by Lowell Mason.  The song was originally written as a celebration of the second coming of Christ and was not written as a Christmas song.

Commentary & Analysis

It is interesting that this song, which actually deals with the second coming of Christ has become such a popular Christmas song.  Let’s have a look at some of the lyrics which clearly point to the second coming of Christ.  The very first verse implores “let earth receive her King.”  We know that when Jesus came the first time, born in a manger in Bethlehem, he came as a suffering servant.  When he comes the second time it will be as a conquering King to reign over his creation.  This reign of the Savior is also mentioned in the second verse.  The third verse indicates the redemption of nature.  In the letter to the Romans, Paul explains:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  [Romans 8:20-22 ESV]

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