The Christmas King
A number of years ago, I was thinking about what our children’s choir should sing at our church’s annual Christmas celebration service. I wanted them to sing Silent Night, but I felt that it might be fun to sing it to a new tune. I wrote a new melody and our children’s choir really enjoyed singing it. Indeed, we sang it several more times in subsequent years. Both my husband and I thought the song was beautiful, however, we both realized that most people are going to continue singing Silent Night as it was written many years ago. So, my husband wrote some new lyrics.
Joel Beeke commented in an article he wrote for Ligonier that, “Our Reformed forebears, drawing on a perspective traceable all the way back to the fourth-century writer Eusebius of Caesarea, found it helpful to think about Christ as a Prophet, Priest, and King. The 1689 London Baptist Confession, for instance, puts it this way: ‘Christ, and Christ alone, is fitted to be mediator between God and man. He is the prophet, priest and king of the church of God’ (8.9).” The idea behind the lyrics is to connect this threefold office of Christ to different aspects of Christmas.
Prophet: The angels bring the news to the shepherds that Christ is the Light. The Light is the truth of the gospel. The shepherds run to Him because Jesus Christ is the long-foretold prophet who is born to declare the truth because he is the truth.
Priest: The wise men travel a great distance to offer their gifts to the newborn Messiah. Frankincense, and especially myrrh, foreshadow Christ’s death (myrrh was used in embalming and may have been part of the drink that was given to our Savior on the cross). Jesus Christ is our priest who offered himself as a sacrifice, rather than the lamb of the Old Testament, to pay the price for our sins.
King: The final stanza emphasizes Christ is King, even as a newborn babe. King Herod fears him and seeks to destroy him, but will end up himself “bowing and kissing the Son,” a representative of all those who dare oppose the King of Kings. Our Christmas King is all powerful and conquers all his foes.
Upon completing the lyrics, we sent our song to our good friend Don Bosco who produced an amazing arrangement for us. We had our children’s choir sing the new version during our Christmas celebration service. They loved it! They especially love the bells at the beginning and end of the song. Weeks after their performance, they kept asking to sing “The Christmas King” over and over during our practices. We hope that you too will enjoy the song and want to sing it over and over to the glory of our Prophet, Priest, and King.
Angel’s starlight breaks the dark night
With the news: Christ is the Light.
Shepherds run to him, celebrate His birth.
Jesus, Prophet, come to show God’s truth on earth.
All the nations give him honor,
As wise men give gold and myrrh
To the Holy One, who’s our sacrifice.
Jesus, High Priest – for our sins He paid the price.
Herod fears Him, Judah’s Lion
Born as David’s Greater Son.
Bow and kiss the Son, those who dare oppose!
Almighty King Jesus conquers all His foes.
Born today is Christ our Prophet, Priest and King!
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