One of my favorite Christmas carols is "O Come All Ye Faithful". Since childhood, this song has been to me the one that most captured the heart of Christmastime. Hearing it has always brought a smile to my face.
Our church's theme for this year's Christmas celebrations has been "Rethink Christmas." I have applied this challenge as best I could, really evaluating my thoughts about the many aspects of this most blessed time of year. I even applied it to my favorite Christmas carol, thus the subject of this post.
The lyrics to my favorite song are pointed to the believers identified as the "faithful" who are also described as "joyful and triumphant." It is easy to see myself that way. I think most of us would tend to see ourselves in the best light. (Really, who would see themselves as "unfaithful, grumpy, and defeated!"). The call is to and behold The Lord, born the King of angels.
But a major truth lies beneath these lyrics. The reason we are able to come, to be faithful at all...is due to the fact that He first came for us. One of the amazing statements from the Bible is from Romans 5:8, where it says that he died for us, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS. Jesus didn't seek us out because we were excelling, or doing great deeds for the Kingdom. No, He came for us - and died for us - while we were His enemies. What an amazing glance of God's grace is made possible by this passage.
This Christmas, may we be more faithful and come and worship Him, remembering that He first came for us!
Till next time.
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