All the World Sings at Jesus' Birth
“Joy to the World, the Lord is come Let earth receive her king
”The world never celebrated a birth like
the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Why? Because there never was a birth like His,
or a life like His.
HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
The glory of Christ comes through in full with the Christmas music. The angelic host sounded the keynote in chorus at His birth with these words: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
There is no music or message so full of joy as that which celebrates His birth. “Hark how the Heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.” It silences our jazz and hard rock – at least for a day. His Holy birth brought Heaven and its music down to earth, giving us a taste of peace on earth and good will toward men.
Everyone loves to sing about His birth, and even do Christmas shopping to the tune of “O little town of Bethlehem.” Even unbelievers blend their voices with believers and sing the “Hallelujah” chorus at Christmas.
His birth was unique!
But why quit there? His life was also unique. So was His sin-atoning death on the cross, and His glorious resurrection on Easter morning. His ascension, His reign on high at the throne, and His coming again – all are unique. Why? Because all came about by the same Holy Spirit who brought Him into our fallen world from the womb of a virgin called Mary. NO. Jesus was not just another religious leader topping the totem pole of religions.
NOT AT ALL! He has His own pole – the old rugged cross!
EVERYTHING about Christ was distinctly unique! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, (lit., uniquely begotten Son) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
No wonder the Christmas music is unique and different from other music. No wonder the whole world sings at His birth:
“His Name is wonderful, His Name is wonderful, His Name is wonderful –
Jesus my Lord! He is the mighty King, “O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Master of everything, Descend to us, we pray; His Name is wonderful –
Cast out our sin, Jesus my Lord!” and enter in;
Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel.”
Rev. Armin Gesswein