Here is a new Christmas tradition to try. Sing the Christmas carols and really study what each verse is saying. Closely, try to see the Gospel story throughout all the hymns, indeed, in almost every line. Look especially for:
1. God’s love for humanity
2. His holiness offended by our rebellion and how the “curse” of sin was brought upon creation (hint: Joy to the World and the line “far as the curse is found).
3. The decision for God to send his only Son in the world, clothed in human flesh (hint: O Come All Ye Faithful and the line “clothed in flesh the Godhead see”)
4. The joy of salvation, of knowing our sins are forgiven (it’s in most of them!).
5. The Second Coming when the curse will finally and forever be lifted (it’s in more than you would realize!).
6. The forever reign of King Jesus (hint: Hark the Herald Angles Sing and the line “glory to the newborn KING!).
The Gospel is the hope of the world, every day, all year around. But it’s our special hope, as followers of Jesus, this time of year. And the Gospel will be proclaimed this year, not only from the pulpits and preachers, but also in the Christmas hymns we sing.
Therefore, this year, sing them with a special eye toward all the Gospel truths enshrouded in each line. Point them out with your family as you sing them at home and at church.
If we really believe what we sing, we’d know that “all is calm, all is bright” in our personal lives and in the world because of the birth of this baby Jesus.