Keith and Kristyn Getty have written many wonderful hymns over the years, including The Power of the Cross and Speak O Lord. Keith co-authored In Christ Alone with Stuart Townend.

Last year, we came across this lovely little children’s carol reflecting the simple message of the Gospel – the good news of God redeeming man through Jesus – in a way that I reckon is big enough for adults too.

Jesus, joy of the highest heaven,
Born as a little baby
Under a wondrous star.
Like us, crying He takes His first breath
Held by His mother, helpless
Close to her beating heart.
Jesus, laid in a lowly manger,
Facing a world of dangers,
Come to turn me a stranger
Into a child of God.

Jesus, King of the highest heaven
Learning to take His first steps,
That He might bring us life.
Like us, knowing our smiles and sorrows,
He showed the way to follow,
A way that is true and right.
Jesus, take away every darkness,
Steady my simple footsteps
That I might in your goodness
Live as a child of God.

The shape and function of the Christmas celebration in modern Western society may ebb and flow but the message of Jesus – the offer of new life, grounded in the grace and goodness of God – is a message that is always relevant, always necessary and always worth celebrating. A message I hope and pray my children will embrace as they grow up.