Posted on December 26, 2010


Christmas has been a big (more like a huge and drastic) misunderstanding for me for the past few years. Let me explain…

Every year, Christmas rolls around, usually around thanksgiving (if not before).  Christmas music begins to play in the stores and on the radio, Christmas lights begin to shine in the streets, Starbucks cups get a spiffy Christmas design, and consumers begin to go mad at the stores as everybody gets thirsty for their forthcoming gifts.  It’s all repetition.  It’s all a “game” to make Christmas go perfectly and without flaw.  We work throughout the whole month of December to make our homes, services, and gatherings a success. This is where I’ve kind of lost it the last few years, actually probably my whole life.

One thing that I have grown to despise over the years is Christmas music. When I hear the first Christmas song of the year I immediately dread the upcoming onslaught of endless Christmas music.  For one, it’s the same songs over and over again, it’s all something I’ve heard and/or sung a million times (at least it seems like it). For two, the new stuff that comes out doesn’t seem very original or exciting.  The covers are pretty similar to the originals and everything just seems so overplayed.  It has come to the point where I don’t even know what any of the songs are saying.

This past Wednesday there was a Christmas party for GenONE, the youth group where I have led worship this semester. I was asked to pick out a Christmas song for my set.  Of course, that didn’t seem very appealing to me, but I did anyways.  I went through the list of possible Christmas songs and settled on Joy To The World, because it had a good tempo.  But, it became much more than that. I was practicing the song beforehand with Jenna, who helped sing for me that night, and the words began to pop out at me.  They’re powerful. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before.

Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room, let heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior Reigns, let men their songs employ…
Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.

Yes, yes, yes! That’s what I’m talking about! That there is worship. That there is the proclamation of my King coming into the world and his distinct purpose for doing so. That there has glorious written all over it.

That hit me hard in the face this week and I’ve been wrestling with the fact that maybe there’s more buried under all the consumer fury and repetitious music.  Christ has come!!  I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that, but He came to rescue. I have this new, redeemed life, only because of God’s son coming here on earth to live among us, to show us Truth. God deserves my praise for that. Jesus deserves my adornment for that. He deserves my everything for that, though what I can give is not much. I have believed all of this my whole life, but only really got it this year, and I feel I have more of it to grasp.  But,  I walked into Christmas Eve service last night with this new mindset, and I could not help but to stand in complete awe of God and His Son.  This sums up what has been on my heart over the last 24 hours or so…

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O, tidings of comfort and joy

He has come for us, this Jesus
He’s the hope for all mankind
He has come for us, the Messiah
Born to give us life

Christmas has really meant something to me this year. I’m excited for the many Christmas’ to come, to celebrate the coming of Jesus through song, through gatherings, through blessing others through gifts. Not just that, I’m also excited to take this new understanding of the Messiah coming, along with everything else that happened throughout Jesus’ life, and model my life around that. Christ has come, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.

A little side note: I really feel like a lot of this has been put in perspective through this book I’m reading, which is called The Final Quest. More on that later, but I felt that I should mention it.


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