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Thoughts Behind the Song, “Newborn King” 71

In writing Newborn King, Jenny Fehr and I had a lot of fun putting together the story of Jesus’ birth to a jazzy tune. Even though it’s a lot of fun to sing, it’s a reminder of Jesus’ humble beginning that turned to glorious redemption.

The bible says, in Phil 2:6-11 that Jesus,
“…who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God…Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death…For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I love these verses! His humility led to great victory! He lived for others, obedient to death.

He came to us in such a lowly setting, grew up and even though He was fully God, He chose to empty it all to set an example for us. He mapped out the key to overcoming-humility. Sounds backwards, but as the song proclaims:

“Jesus! The One to bring light in the darkness, and sets captives free! Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace! Mighty, and Holy, Awesome in power, brings Hope and liberty!”

We can remember that Jesus became the man He needed to be for the world. He lowered himself, His desires, His feelings, and took on the task God gave Him to bring freedom to the captives, light to the darkness, and hope to the world.

Today we have been called to do the same. We were never meant to live for ourselves. We are all called to empty ourselves and be those that God has called us to be for someone else. With the cares of others on our minds, we don’t have room for focusing on ourselves.

Regardless of our humble, or great beginnings, as Christians we are all called to give hope, be the light, bring freedom, and overall surrender to the will of God in our lives.

Your surrender can bring victory to someone else.

-Jamie Snider

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