Singing with the King @ Christmas (12)

Christmas Star

Good Christian Men Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)

Good Christian men rejoice with heart and soul and voice!

Give ye heed to what we say: News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow and He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!
Now ye hear of endless bliss: Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this.
He hath opened the heavenly door and man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!
Now ye need not fear the grave: Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save.
Calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!

The title reveals the mood of this ancient carol: Rejoice! And is a repetitive fashion, the author gives you three reasons to rejoice.

REASON NUMBER ONE: News! Prophecy was fulfilled: Christ, the Son of God was born; and something was accomplished that had never been seen: God became man.

REASON NUMBER TWO: After the news comes joy! Joy that God has come to earth to walk among His People. This joy began with the magi, as we see in their response: When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! (Matthew 2:10) People heard the joy of the Father when He said:  “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5) Joy in Heaven when you and I repent: There is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. (Luke 15:10) And you and I have joy when we receive His Word: I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! (John 15:10)

REASON NUMBER THREE: We have peace because He saved us. Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1)

Christ was born to save. This is a huge proclamation. He didn’t come to judge. He didn’t come to rule. He came to save. And that was the plan ever since the beginning: Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you. (1 Peter 1:17-20)

And even though our salvation was long in the making, the good news if you are being slow regarding His salvation, He is waiting: The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (1 Peter 3:9)

So, what’s keeping you?

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