MERRY CHRISTMAS II

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One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks (Rom. 14: 5-6).

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According to these verses, a Christian can rightfully set aside any day–including Christmas–as a day for the Lord.  Christmas affords believers with a great opportunity to exalt Jesus Christ.  The shepherds glorified and praised God for the birth of Jesus the Messiah. They rejoiced when the angels proclaimed that in Bethlehem was born a Savior, Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).   Our praising God is essentially an act of glorifying God with the whole being and, in this, music quite naturally takes a part. This is why carols are so much a rightful part of Christmas; for, when sung by those who understand them, they are a means of praise.

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

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And  if Christmas means anything, it at least means this — that God has not forgotten His people..   There will always be wars and rumors of wars. But at the same time, the one who will come to Jesus Christ will know a great peace even in a world that denies it.

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For that matter, there is no compulsion to celebrate Jesus’s birthday at all, since it is not commanded of us in Scripture. Nevertheless, it would be strange indeed if someone saved by the Son of God would not rejoice in thinking of the day that His incarnation was first manifested to the world on that holy night.

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