What’s your favourite Christmas carol?
“Jingle Bells” seems to be at the top of many lists of the top Yuletide songs. It’s catchy, kids love it, and it puts people in a cheery mood.
Or perhaps you’re more partial to “Silent Night”? I don’t blame you—it’s a beautiful classic.
The honour of the best-selling Christmas single would have to go to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” And with good reason—how can you not love this song?
(I’m hoping that your favourite Christmas number isn’t “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” If it is, I’m not sure we can be friends.)
As for me, my favourite carol is “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” with lyrics by Charles Wesley and a rousing melody by Felix Mendelssohn.
This hymn is not only enjoyable to sing, it’s also richly loaded with Biblical truths. It starts out this way:
“Hark! The herald angels sing:
‘Glory to the new-born king
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled.’ “
The angels are celebrating the inauguration of a new Kingdom featuring world-wide peace and the reconciliation of humanity to its creator.
But wait a minute: aren’t the angels jumping the gun in this account?
God and sinners wouldn’t be reconciled until decades later in Jesus’ life, at the Cross.
And since Jesus was born the world hasn’t had a year without war somewhere or other. Where is the peace the carol describes?
Aren’t the angels being a bit premature in celebrating?
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