I’m one of those who has Bing and Buble Christmas on the week of Thanksgiving. I love Christmas music as much as anyone. Don’t though, do what I find myself doing inadvertently during the Christmas season, sing Christmas hymns for the sentiment and miss the theology. Here are a few theological treasures from the realm of Christmas hymnody.
“He comes to make His blessings flow,
Far as the curse is found.”
Joy to the World- The reaches of the Fall’s infection is overcome only by the limitless reaches of God’s mercy.
“That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind hath bought.”
The First Noel- This hymn, my personal favorite, tells the entire story of the nativity and ends with the completion of the God’s redemption story. God, who made all things from nothing, sacrificially redeems broken people with His own Manifested Perfection.
“Good will henceforth from Heaven to men,
Begin and never cease.”
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night- Mankind may now know endless goodness, because they may now know their endless God. His goodness will never cease, for He never will.
“Son of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing;”
O Come All Ye Faithful- The incarnation of Christ made possible the salvation of man.
Joy Has Dawned- Thankfully, our Christmas hymnody continues to expand. This is a wondrous new hymn from Getty and Townend. It reminds us of the threads of deliverance, hope, and kingship that are traced through Scripture. This modern hymn reminds us that Christmas is proof of the promises that what man made wrong, Jesus will make right.
As you sing your favorites this season, be certain you’re dwelling on the best things about what you sing. Christmas hymns, at the end of the day, are reminders that you are born again because He was born to die, that you are made an heir to an eternal and Heavenly reality because He was made low and brought into a filthy and broken one, that since He was brought into our world, we may dwell in His.
Sing for the Right Reason.