12/9 Wednesday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/09/20
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Go Tell It on the Mountain is an African-American spiritual. The first publication of this hymn was in 1907 in a book called New Jubilee Songs and Folk Songs of the American Negro compiled by John Wesley Work Jr, known as the first African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals. Although he did not write the song, he is probably responsible for preserving it and allowing it to enter the popular canon of Christmas carols. Jesus told us to go and make disciples so let’s go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
When I was young, I heard a sermon about the Israelites being the chosen people. My first reaction was why are they so special? Why would God choose them over me? Perhaps many of the early Gentiles felt the same way. This God is only for the Jews. All others need not apply. Jesus, in his own words, tells us this is not true. "Go and make disciples of all the Nations." That is why Paul was specifically sent out among the Gentiles. So that he could take the message to all the people. Don't ever think that you are unworthy.
Pray with us:
Precious Lord, Help us to realize that you are always there for us. You are not just the Lord of the Israelite people. You are there for all the Nations and for all Time. Bless you, for keeping watch over us as a Shepherd watches His Sheep. Help us learn to be your disciples. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
(Reflection & Prayer by Myron Horn)