• by Rev. Joseph A. Bias

The Language of Christmas

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6

Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Hallelujah!, Joy To The World The Lord is Come, Merry, Christmas, Gladness, Happiness, Blessing, Goodness, Cheer, Rejoicing, Peace, Mercy, Goodwill, Glories, Wonders, Light, Heavenly Hosts, Singing, Worshiping, Praising, Gifts, Faithful, Triumph, Bethlehem, Manger, Swaddling Clothes, the Babe, Angels, Shepherds, Kings, (Magi) Wise Men, Adore Him, Heaven and Earth Adore Him

During this time of year our conversations move toward language that lifts our thoughts from the mundane concerns of our everyday lives to contemplate the hope that is promised in the life of Jesus Christ, beginning at His birth. Every word expresses joy and hope, good things and blessings. All is intended to lift us up and bring the peace of God that passes all understanding.

The world that Jesus entered at birth was a world as much like ours as any other, but far worse because there had been no sacrifice for our sins, no cross on which out Savior was crucified and the Holy Spirit had not yet come to dwell with those who would be saved. All was darkness with only a remnant of hope. The world was filled with all the worst of the works of darkness and evil. Death sickness, poverty, ignorance and despair abounded. Though there are many things in our world today that are troublesome and many places where evil abounds, there are even more places than ever where the gospel is being preached and heard and millions are turning to faith in Jesus Christ. And we are part of that, in everything we do in acts of love and kindness to others, especially those in need.

Jesus is in us, millions of us, and His sweet aroma of love is being spread abroad to the world every day through us. So as we sing “Glory to God in Highest” or “Joy to The World, the Lord is Come,“ and “O Come all Ye Faithful” we are ushering in that day when our Savior will return as we advance His kingdom on the earth with our songs of praise and adoration and our messages of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ and Him alone to the world.

The spirit of our conversation that encompasses joy and gladness, blessing, hope, peace and goodness all point to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The cheerfulness of our countenances as we greet the world in shops and stores, in conversations with friends and strangers is a reflection of the joy we know deep inside that comes from being children of the Most High God and brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are indeed living epistles being read and seen by all people as we carry the Spirit of Jesus in us and when we allow God to move through us to express His love to the world. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Great and mighty are His works. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!

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