Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! is one of my favorite Christmas hymns, precisely because it showcases this notion of Jesus’ coming as the work of reconciliation. Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, the founders of Methodism, were its authors, publishing it in 1739. Sin as the problem that makes Christmas necessary is right up front.
Christ was ‘born to raise the sons of earth’ — so don’t be afraid to go to Confession!…
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