Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Wednesday, March 18

Larry Ehrlich

Go Tell it on the Mountain

 

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
 
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night,
behold throughout the heavens there shone a holy light. (refrain)
 
The shepherds feared and trembled when, lo, above the earth
rang out the angel chorus, that hailed our Savior’s birth (refrain)
 
Down in a lonely manger the humble Christ was born;
and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn (refrain)

 

This is an African-American spiritual song compiled by John Work, Jr., dating back to at least 1865. It has been sung and recorded by numerous gospel and secular performers. The song is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus, and is sung in churches of different denominations.

 

Although “Go Tell It on the Mountain” IS a Christmas carol celebrating the birth of Christ, the lyrics are also significant to the season of Lent, as we prepare and observe the completion of Salvation History with His Passion and Death.

 

The Christmas story of Jesus’ birth continues through the final chapter in Christ’s earthly life. As intended by the Heavenly Father, God so loved us that He sent His only-begotten Son, Jesus into the world for the remission of sins of all mankind. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternal life in heaven with our Lord and Savior. This is good news!!

 

The lyrics of “Go Tell it on the Mountain” require us as Christians to proudly and joyfully go forth to the mountains and everywhere proclaiming our salvation. In today’s secular culture this is a challenging mission for us as Christians to go forward evangelizing our faith as God intended us to do.

 

During this Lenten season, may the Holy Spirit strengthen us in our faith to have the courage to boldly proclaim the good news to the world: JESUS IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR! We must love one another as Jesus loves us!

 

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