December 18: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

I love this song.  I love this version.  And, I love that it’s performed by a band called the “Barenaked Ladies.”  I do not love the name of their band, mind you.  I just love that a band named that would sing about Jesus.  If God can use a group by that name to sing about Jesus’ birth, He can also use you and me to tell others about Christmas!

Remember that Christmas happens because sinful people need a savior, and God sends Jesus to make people clean.  He doesn’t require them to become clean first, and then He’ll send His son.  He sends His son first into a dirty world so that Jesus can make this world clean.  That’s the Gospel.  Not that we loved God, but that He first loved US!

So, a group with an inappropriate name singing about Jesus makes sense, doesn’t it?  Because Jesus doesn’t wait for us to fix our issues before he’ll come into our lives.  He doesn’t expect perfection before he comes.  He comes to forgive.  John says it best:  John 3:16-17.  Did you hear that?  Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save us!  That’s the good news of Christmas.  I’ve done plenty of inappropriate things in my life.  Jesus hasn’t stopped working in me, and He won’t stop loving you either!  Remember that no matter what you’ve done in the past God is working through you today.  In you He’s bringing tidings of comfort and joy to the world!

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