Every year my amazing sister buys tickets for me and my husband to the Christmas symphony in our city for my birthday. Hearing my favorite melodies of the holiday season has a magical effect on my heart. The Christmas lights, stunning scenery, and the beautiful music is a wonderful experience to enjoy. Hearing familiar tunes like Sleigh Ride, and Silver Bells are nice, but the carols that powerfully echo the truth of my Savior are the songs that stir my soul with joy, passion and praise.
Even secular musicians and listeners in the audience who don’t yet know Christ as their Savior are surrounded with a harmonious chorus that points to a God who deeply loves them…who loved the world enough to come down as a tiny baby.
God with us.
Wrapped in flesh and swaddling clothes, and later…
wrapped in burial cloths and placed in a tomb–to save humanity.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…” (O Come, O Come Emmanuel)
Our Emmanuel has come. He paid our ransom. We are no longer captives to sin and sorrow, but now can have new life in Him.
During this holiday season, Christmas songs are played everywhere. In malls and grocery stores. Doctor’s offices and waiting rooms. If the world would stop the hustle and bustle of their daily to-do’s, they would hear His message proclaimed in the airwaves…
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her king…” (Joy to the World)
You have come, Lord. But have we received you?
The earth is groaning. Pain and sorrow are rampant. Yet this is the season people hear the message of Christ’s love more than any other time of year. The world needs to know that a Savior has come. The world needs to know that a Savior has come. Click To Tweet
Events on the evening news are a constant reminder that our world is broken and bleeding.
“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the soul felt it’s worth…” (O Holy Night)
But our Savior has come, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Prince of all peace has come and rules righteously with all power in his hands.
“Peace on the Earth, good will to men from Heaven’s all-gracious King…” (It Came Upon Midnight Clear)
God’s promise of salvation and of his second coming gives us hope, peace and great comfort and joy.
“Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!” (God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen)
As you sing these (and many more) Christmas songs this season, it is crucial that we remember these truths all year long. The next time you attend a Christmas concert or stand in the grocery line, will you share Christ’s message of love and salvation to those around you?
The world needs to know that he has come–and that he is coming again.
Let’s share the good news of our precious Lord this season–in word, in deed, and in song!
Here is one of my favorite instrumental versions of O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Casting Crowns. The first time I heard it I was literally overwhelmed and moved to tears. As you listen to this song, pray for our world. Pray for loved ones who don’t yet know that our Emmanuel has come. Allow the music to wash over your soul and flood your heart with His peace, comfort, and joy.
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? I’d love to hear in the comments below!