What Is the Song “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” About? Pointing to the Theology of Salvation

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was written in 1739 by John Wesley as a musical celebration of Luke 2:8-14.


“Hark! the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King: peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!’ Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies; with angelic hosts proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’”

“Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings, mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth.”

LUKE 2:8-14
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”

Hark means to listen. The first verse of “Hark! The Herald Angel’s Sing” points to God’s promise of the birth of a Savior King. The second verse records the theology of our salvation made possible by His birth.
The first birth is physical, and the second birth is spiritual.
1 Peter 1:23 says…
“…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”
God gave His Son, born of a virgin, to give us all a “second birth” so that we can live forever! (See 1 Corinthians 15:22, John 3:1-7, 16-18)

Join Pastor Phil Hopper as he explains how… (See Revelation 20:14)
Being born twice leaves you to die only once
Being born once leaves you to die twice

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