25 Dec Listen to the Music
Does JESUS still come today? Listen to the music
This Christmas morning as we think about JESUS coming to us today let us consider Christmas carols that have been written over the last two thousand years. Recall the words of the songs as they speak to the miracle of HIM coming to earth. Allow them to wash over your being as you enjoy the notes and feelings that the authors put into these songs to express their belief that JESUS had come to them in their life and experiences. If HE came to them inspiring them to pen these words and notes, surely HE comes to us as well as we sing and listen to them.
In Joy to the World we sing that our king has come, that HE rules the earth, and that all of nature echoes the refrain that HE reigns over all. While it is true that HE came as a human 2,000 years ago, it is also true that this reign continues and will continue until HE establishes the new heaven and the new earth.
Hear the haunting melody of the song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day as “wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth good will to men.” The writer goes on to say that surely this is wrong for “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth good will to men.” He concludes, however, by saying that once more he heard the bells ringing that “GOD is not dead nor doth HE sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth good will to men.”
Remember singing Away in the Manger as we reflect on that blessed day when JESUS came as a baby just as each of us did, born of our mother’s womb. What pain mixed with pride must Mary have felt as she gazed down on HIM lying in the manger. In the second verse, however, the writer moves from looking at JESUS as an infant and asks that JESUS would be his Savior and protector, be near me LORD JESUS I ask you to stay.
Or how about GOD Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The author says let nothing you dismay. Why? We have nothing to dismay, because JESUS was born on Christmas day to save us all from sin and death when we were gone astray. HE came to save us from the power of sin and death, which was the reward we deserved for our sin. But HE has not come and then left us alone, no, HE still comes to guide and direct us as we walk through our present life. As you hear the old familiar carols played this year I would challenge you to listen with your hearts as the words strike your ears. Just as HE came so HE comes to us today to meet the needs of our hearts.
If you have children: Listen to a couple of Christmas carols together and encourage them to consider why we celebrate this wonderful birthday. Maybe even sing Happy Birthday to JESUS.