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May the beautiful songs of Christmas and their messages bring joy to your hearts as you celebrate the birth of our Savior!
During Christmastime we often think about gifts and giving. We especially remember with gladness the loving promise of God relayed through the prophet Isaiah that “unto us” is given a perfect and everlasting gift: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). The Christ Child was born in lowliness and humility so He could be received by sinners, and He is wrapped in the swaddling clothes of the Scriptures and laid into the manger of our hearts. Even today, Jesus is our source of salvation and joy. May we hold Him in our hearts as our “Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Rev. 17:14).
The birth of Jesus fulfilled God’s promise of sending His Son as the Savior of mankind. Now, twenty centuries later, over two billion people worldwide confess one of many Christian faiths and celebrate His birth. Believing that Jesus was born into this world as the Savior of all people does not of itself bring salvation. In addition, one must find His kingdom and become an owner of the hope of eternal life through the forgiveness of sins. At Christmas, we celebrate His birth and await His second coming.
What does Christmas music mean to me? Until now we had never pondered its significance, but merely enjoyed it for what it was: music which not only told of the story of Jesus’ birth, but celebrated the coming of the Savior of mankind. Despite the lack of great musical talent, we certainly enjoy good music for its ability to give wings to the soul, allowing it to soar on the uplifting currents of its melody. The songwriter’s words often capture feelings of the heart that our mortal tongues of clay cannot utter. Christmas music, especially, is music of new birth, hope, peace, joy, and triumph. The angels sang the first songs of Christmas, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
February 19–22, 2014 | Phoenix, Arizona
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