As a bit of a side note, I wanted to share a reminder that while it seems like a good thing that the whole world embraces this holiday season of Christmas, they don’t honor Christ. The world hates Him. Not all Christmas songs honor Christ, most of them just celebrate celebration itself.
- Mary, Did You Know? — Pentatonix
All I Want For Christmas Is You — Mariah Carey Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree — Brenda Lee The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) — Nat King Cole Last Christmas — Wham!
- Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) — Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Santa Tell Me — Ariana Grande Feliz Navidad — Jose Feliciano White Christmas — Bing Crosby It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year — Andy Williams Jingle Bell Rock — Bobby Helms Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer — Gene Autry Do You Want To Build A Snowman? — Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez A Holly Jolly Christmas — Burl Ives Baby It’s Cold Outside — Idina Menzel Duet with Michael Bublé
- Silent Night — Kelly Clarkson Feat. Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood
Wonderful Christmastime — Paul McCartney It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas — Michael Bublé Happy Xmas (War is Over) — John Lennon & Yoko Ono Christmas Canon — Trans-Siberian Orchestra
In the top 20, only 3 make an attempt to reference the Birth of Christ. While the first song is good, we saw in our last Christmas Gospel post that the song kind of ignores a great deal of what Scripture makes clear that Mary knew. Christmas Eve Sarajevo get’s a pass because there are no words, but the melody begins with “what Child is this” (We’ll be looking at this song next Tuesday). Silent Night is a good song as we discussed in today’s DiM Post, but it got trumped today by Matt Maher’s version.
Remember that Jesus came to a world that was fallen and was not truly looking for Him. The World isn’t celebrating Him, nor is it seeking Him. We aren’t here to make the World acknowledge our holidays; rather, we preach Christ and Him crucified so that those who believe in Him will be saved out of the world and into eternal life in Christ Jesus.
John 1:1-18 (ESV) | The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,and the life was the light of men.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as awitness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
Colossians 3:16-17 (ESV) 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
In Christ Jesus,