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“Christ is the World’s True Light” was penned as a missionary hymn in answer to the concept that “In Christ, all races meet.”
“But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength”. – Isaiah 40:31
For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!
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Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns
1. A Strange Way to Save the World
2. Angel Gabriel
3. Angels From the Realms of Glory
4. Christ is the World’s True Light
Christ is the World’s True Light was penned in 1931 by George Wallace Briggs, a Canon of Worchester Cathedral, as a missionary hymn in order to emphasize the concept that “In Christ, all races meet.” The beginning line is an affirmation of Christ’s words in John 8:12 (“I am the light of the world.”)
Christ is the World’s True Light Lyrics –
Christ is the world’s true light,
Its Captain of salvation,
The Day-star clear and bright
Of every man and nation;
New life, new hope awakes,
Where’er men own his sway;
Freedom her bondage breaks,
And night is turned to day.
In Christ all races meet,
Their ancient feuds forgetting,
The whole round world complete,
From sunrise to its setting:
When Christ is throned as Lord,
Men shall forsake their fear,
To ploughshare bear the sword,
To pruning-hook the spear.
One Lord, in one great Name
Unite us all who own thee;
Cast out our pride and shame
That hinder to enthrone thee;
The world has waited long,
Has travailed long in pain;
To heal its ancient wrong,
Come, Prince of Peace, and reign. Amen.
The Sheffield Cathedral Choir does a beautiful job with this classic hymn as part of their English Hymnal album.
Scripture Reading for Day Four of Advent –
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake, I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Advent Playlist – Days 5 to 25
5. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
6. The Crown of Roses
7. E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
8. Gesu Bambino
9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
10. I Wonder as I Wander
11. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree
12. The King Shall Come
13. Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)
14. Mary, Did You Know?
15. O Come All Ye Faithful
16. O Come O Come Emmanuel
17. O Holy Night
18. O Little Town of Bethlehem
19. Once in Royal David’s City
20. People Look East
21. Silent Night
22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree
24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?
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