The Gospel According to Christmas Hymns
Every year in December, Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of their Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas Hymns tell the story of the birth of Jesus and a love that surpasses all understanding. If one focuses on hymns’ words, one can better realize God’s endless and abounding love for all humanity. A love that one might question why would God love us since we are sinful humans and God is Holy? God explains this in 1 John 4: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The words in the first stanza of the Christmas hymn “Oh Come Little Children […]” clearly show how much God loves everyone. They are: “O come, little children, O come one and all. To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small. God’s son for a gift has been sent you this night, to be your redeemer, your joy and delight”.
The first line is, “O come little children; O come one and all.” God invites everyone, including all children, to come to him regardless of what one looks like or their earthly status. He wants everyone to come and hear what he has done for them and that he has completed his plan to save us from hell.
The second line, “To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small […],” shows us the humility in which God comes to us to show us that he is a savior for all people. He comes to us in human form in a lowly manger used to feed animals. This shows us that God does not want just those who would come from a line of royalty or wealth. He calls all, the poor and the wealthy and those who are sick, all have a place in his house.
The third line, “God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this night […],” shows us the depth of his love for all humankind. Why would God send his Son if he did not love us? This shows us that our God is a God of love. God’s Son takes on human flesh so that he can die and then raise himself to life again in the same way he will raise all believers to eternal life with him.
The last line is “[…] to be your redeemer, your joy and delight.” Redeem means to pay the ransom price to buy something back that was taken from them. Satan stole God’s creation of humans from him when he convinced Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit so they could be like God. To redeem humanity, Jesus had to take on human flesh, live a perfect life on earth, die a human death, and raise himself to life again.
This is how Jesus, our redeemer, conquered death for all who believe in him. Therefore, we can be joyful and delight in the fact that Jesus died to take away all our sins in order to save us from hell. There is nothing we can do to help save ourselves. We are saved; Jesus did it all, believe it!
This Christmas season and throughout the year, continue to hear God’s Word and listen to the words of the hymns sung in church. We are assured over and over of God’s great and amazing love for us.
(Romans 8:38-39) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.