Why I always listen to Christmas music

This is a re-post of a note I published September 8, 2014 on Facebook. I am transferring my notes from Facebook into my Float the River blog.

Well, it is that time of year again. That time of year when school starts, the weather starts to cool, and hunting season is upon us. As the year begins to wind down some of us begin to talk of pumpkin spice or gingerbread lattes (both!) and, to the chagrin of many, our music begins to sound a lot like Christmas.

I have always found people’s aversion to Christmas music to be odd and I can’t fathom the downright hatred some express towards it. Now, I understand that many of the songs really are quite cheesy and I have been told by some musicians they are difficult to play on certain instruments.

For me though, even the cheesy songs evoke images in my mind and feelings of goodness. They take me back to times with family that are some of the best memories I have…but it really is much more than that. You see, I think those that truly celebrate the birth of Christ should be sung and enjoyed year-round. I mean, why not?

Here’s why I listen to and enjoy Christmas music all year long.

1) It helps to keep my mind on the most significant event in the history of the world. Christians look back on the cross and the empty tomb as the most glorious expression of God’s grace toward us but without the promise of His coming and the virgin birth there would be no cross and empty tomb. You can’t separate the cross from the manger.

2) It reminds me that God became a man. Let me say it again: God became a man. That is unfathomable! The Creator became like His creation. He willingly set aside His glory and confined Himself to human flesh. He became like us, to be tested in all things like us, so He could die for us. That comes from the Christmas story. The Incarnation, God became a man.

3) It reminds me of true humility. He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but He emptied Himself…became a servant…even to death. He lowered Himself so that He could be the ransom for sinners, so that could identify Himself with me.

4) It reminds me that God pursues sinners. Christmas celebrates that God initiated a relationship with His rebellious creation, not because of anything good within us, but as an exclusive act of grace driven by His love and mercy. He came to us when we had run from Him in arrogant defiance.

5) It reminds me that God’s purposes cannot and will not be thwarted. In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son. God is sovereign over time and world events. Jesus was born exactly when God planned it.

6) It reminds me there is a hope that is sure. God said the Messiah would come and He did. He says He will again in glory…and He will.

Christmas music…let it play!

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