It’s Christmastide! Christmas is finally here, and with it are the songs dedicated to the newborn king.
This little child in a manger, who depended entirely on his mother and father to survive. Such is the story of this special newborn child that put Himself completely at the mercy of sinful man. Here we find God lying in the arms of His creation… the very creation He came to redeem!
Christmas is more than celebrating the birth of Christ. Christmas has a much deeper meaning. The word Christmas comes from the words Christ Mass or the Mass of Christ. For those who don’t know, The Mass is where the Eucharist (Communion or the Lord’s Supper) is celebrated. The word Eucharist means “Thank You.”
Now bear with me here, but I wanted to use the catholic view of the mass as a metaphor… During the mass, The bread and the wine represent the Body and Blood of Christ. For many people in the Church, the bread and the wine literally become the Body and Blood of Christ. In this transformation of bread and wine, we can see the Incarnation of Christ. The bread and wine are just physical objects, yet when the Spirit of God indwells them, they become Incarnate, just as God became incarnate in that little baby born in Bethlehem so many years ago.
The bread and wine are only physical objects. We are only physical objects. One day, our bodies will return to the dust from which we came. HOWEVER, when Christ enters our lives, we become more than just walking dust; we become the indwelling place of the most high God. We become walking temples! Christ becomes incarnate in us! We become, as Len Sweet says, the Incarnators. As Incarnators, we carry the message of the Incarnated Christ to a fallen world.
For me, Christmas is not only about celebrating the birth of Jesus… it is celebrating the birth of Jesus in us!
So with all of this being said, here is some music that I hope will bless you during this time of Christmastide.
“The Promise” by Michael Card
” A Strange Way To Save the World” by 4Him
“Immanuel” by Michael Card
“Mary Did You Know” by CeeLo Green