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"The First Noel" by Phil Wickman

Tiffanie's Take

Do you remember when Prince George was born in July of this year? The baby that will eventually be the King of England caused quite the stir. There were cameras camped outside of the hospital for weeks waiting for a glimpse of the future king. His birth was announced on a fancy easel outside of a massive palace. He received gifts from dignitaries, The Royal Mint released a coin honoring his birth, and he’s called 'His Royal Highness.'

When Jesus was born, it was quite a different story.

The King above all kings didn’t have anyone camped out waiting for his arrival. He wasn’t welcomed into a palace. Jesus was placed in a manger – a feeding trough - after He was born. The first people to hear about his birth weren’t dignitaries, but shepherds working the night shift. No commemorative coin or fancy official title from the government, even though the most glorious thing in history had just happened. Talk about a contrast.

The baby Jesus, the Son of God who would change eternity didn’t come with fanfare. He came humbly. He came for you and for me.

Billy Graham said, “The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.” Think about those words as you listen to “The First Noel” by Phil Wickham.

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"The First Noel" Lyrics
 

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!