Monday, December 08, 2008

Who are those citizens?

Yesterday, our worship leader chose "Come All Ye Faithful," which I'm sure I've sung hundreds of times. But we had something new in the second verse:
Sing, choirs of angels
      Sing in exaltation
      Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above.
"Glory to God,
      all glory in the highest"
As we started the line "Sing, all ye citizens" our worship leader pointed at us!

Now from the context it's clear that when the lyricist wrote "all ye citizens of heaven," the intention was to address the angels. They are the ones who, as Luke tells us, sang "Glory to God...' to the shepherds.

But our worship leader's gesture reminded me that in fact we are citizens of heaven, as the Apostle Paul tells us: "But our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body into conformity with his glorious body, by the power which he has to subject all things to himself." (Philippians 3:20-21)

What a great verse, and a great reminder that is! King Jesus rules over all things, and that same power is what he's using to transform us and make us clean. Good news!

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