Tonight on this Christmas Eve eve, Greg was out shopping with his brother (a tradition for them on Christmas Eve eve), so I stopped at a local fast food joint to grab a bite to eat before heading home. As I sat in the restaurant and ate my meal, Christmas music (loosely called so) was playing over the speakers. The song that was playing when I first sat down was of the "head banging" variety, loud, fast-paced with screaming lyrics. The lead singer was screaming (literally) the words "Merry Christmas to You! Merry Christmas to You! I hope you get everything you deserve this year!" (that was the chorus). As I listened to the song, I was struck by the reality that this particular song was everything that Christmas is not. It was loud and chaotic while Christ's entrance into this world was meek and mild. It spoke of getting what you deserve when Christmas is about the exact opposite. Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) entered this world in human form to give us what we do not deserve. We have broken every one of God's laws and sinned against Him in unfathomable ways, yet He offered us a way to have our sins forgiven, a way to be reconciled to Him through His Son.
Oh to hear the words of this song played over the loud speakers in the public square:
Who is He in yonder stall at whose feet the shepherds fall?
Who is He in deep distress fasting in the wilderness?
Who is He the people bless for His words of gentleness?
Who is He to whom they bring all the sick and sorrowing?
Who is He who stands and weeps at the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
Who is He the gathering throng greet with loud triumphant song?
Lo at midnight who is He prays in dark Gethsemane?
Who is He on yonder tree dies in grief and agony?
Who is He that from the grave comes to heal and help and save?
Who is He that from His throne rules through all the world alone?
Tis the Lord, O wondrous story!
Tis the Lord, the king of glory!
Humbly at his feet we fall
Crown Him, Crown Him Lord of all.
And to be reminded of Scripture like this:
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:2-11
If you haven't already done so, I urge you to repent (turn from your sins) and believe (put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and hope of eternal life).
Merry Christmas! May you not get everything you deserve this year (and because of the mercy of God, you don't have to).
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