The Gospel In Carols
Every Christmas, apart from the Christmas tree and decorations, it’s the Christmas carols that ring loudly all around us – in the malls and from the radio. For some, Christmas carols warms the heart and feeds nostalgia of a simpler, peaceful time while for others, it sends us on a busy shopping spree buying presents.
Many of the carols we sing do such a great job of underscoring who Jesus is and why He came. Many carols have become a familiar yearly tune, even to pre-believers. The reality however is that many who sing the carols have no idea what they are singing about.
Christmas carols actually do teach the Gospel. Properly speaking, the Gospel is the Good News that God has sent a Savior for all sinners. He has sent Jesus to “save His people from their sins.”
Teaching the Gospel is what the Christmas angels did: proclaiming the “good tidings of great joy” that “unto you is born a Savior.”
A Christmas carol teaches the Gospel by telling who Christ is, what He has done, and what gifts He brings (the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation).
Let’s make the most of this Christmas season—sharing the truth of God’s grace with unbelieving friends and family.
Below are some links with explanations of some carols and how you can use it to share the gospel.
(taken from The Gospel According To Christmas Carols)
So what will you do with Jesus Christ this Christmas season? Will you ignore Him? Will you dismiss Him? Will you sing the songs of Christmas without thinking about the very words you are singing?
Or will you submit to Him for who He truly is—no longer a little baby born in a stable in Bethlehem—but the risen and exalted Son of God who died for sin and rose again and now sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven. He Himself said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If you have not come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, having never been reconciled to God, let me extend to you the Bible’s invitation to embrace the true gift of Christmas. It is the gift God gave to the world — namely, His Son.
The Lord Jesus promises forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life to all who will come to Him: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” (John 6:37). The gospel of John reiterates that promise, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36).
The Apostle Paul summed up the good news of salvation with these words: “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).