Good Christian Men Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)
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 forevermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!
So what was Christ born for…or more properly, for what was Christ born? Or another way of asking: What is the “this?”
Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. (John 10:7-11)
Not only did Christ open the door to heaven, He IS the door to heaven. And He is the Only door to Heaven, and to our Father in Heaven: I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)
When Christ was dying upon the cross, He did it for you, so that you may have a way into heaven, and experience endless, eternal bliss. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 11:3) He was willing to die for the joy that was awaiting Him; of accomplishing His Father’s will to be the one sacrifice for sins, setting us free, and making a way for us to the Father.
When you hear the Christmas Carols rejoice! You could be hearing the songs of Heaven.