Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant
Chorus: He is born, the divine Christ child.
Play on the oboe and bagpipes merrily.
He is born, the divine Christ child.
Sing we all of the Savior’s birth.
1. Through long ages of the past,
Prophets have foretold his coming;
Through long ages of the past,
Now the time has come at last.
You probably noticed this was a French carol by the title. The above is one of a multitude of translations which bespeaks its long life in English performances.
Verse 1 talks about prophets and prophecy, and now is the time. That is a rather famous phrase in the New Testament. For He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation.”(1 Corinthians 6:2)
This salvation is quite literally Jesus Christ, and we see this truth beginning in the above verse and is concluded by the writer of Hebrews: God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
Our salvation is inextricably tied up in the incarnation, for only the Son of God could pay for our sins. May Christmas be a time to celebrate His birth and your salvation! So what are you doing “Now?”