I like Christmas music. The music is one of my favorite parts of this time of year. Just like all good movies have killer sound tracks, it isn’t really Christmas without those heart-warming songs. But there are a few things that make me sad about Christmas music:
- Folks who work retail are sick of it by mid-December.
- The growing emphasis seems to be on the more secular songs that have nothing to do with the holiday (by which I mean the “holy-day”).
- It’s awkward to sing Christmas hymns any other time of the year in our worship services.
- Through Jesus, God was ushering in his shalom, his peace, his wholeness to creation once again. Through Jesus we have been reconciled to God, brought back into a state of pure relationship with the Father.
- Jesus is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. Through Abraham’s seed, Jesus, all nations of the earth will be blessed. Jesus is the messiah not just for Israel but for all humanity.
- God had tried everything – communing with man in the garden, calling out one family to save humanity, choosing one man through whom all nations would be blessed. He tried calling out one nation, giving them his law, dwelling with them in his Temple, removing sins through animal sacrifices. Nothing worked. Finally, he pulled out all the stops. God himself became a man and pitched his tent along with us. This was the only way to bring true reconciliation to humanity. God with us.
- Jesus was born once so that we might be born twice. Just as he was born as the incarnate Son of God, so we are re-born as adopted sons of God with his Spirit dwelling in us.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:15-20