What Child Is This?

Thursday, December 5: What Child Is This?


Read Luke 2:1-7.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Jesus is “Christ the King”- the powerful Lord of the Universe.  That leads us to ask the question in stanza two: “Why is the great King in such a mean (humble) place as a stable?”  What answer does stanza two give? (Note: the word “fear” means to show respect)  What actions does the birth of your King and Savior Jesus produce in you? (See stanza three)

You can sing along with this hymn at:

What Child Is This (with lyrics)


What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and donkeys are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born, The babe, the Son of Mary.