THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS
Intro. Christmas and music are synonymous. We can never think of this time of year without recalling Christmas music. Oratorio - the great Handel's "Messiah," Christmas music in the field of hymnology such as "Joy to the World" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Hark the Herald Angles Sing." And Christmas music in the field of carols such as "White Christmas" or "Jingle Bells" or "Deck the Halls." Christmas, my friend, is a time of love, laughter and song. And this is particularly true as we come to the biblical record and discover that there is such a thing as the music of Christmas with its own melody, with its own harmony, with its own poetry. Look at God's Word tonight.
I. THE MELODY OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC
When the angel of the Lord appeared on that dark night to the shepherds on the hillside, a melody was introduced that will never cease throughout time or eternity. The angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord."
1. In that melody was the concept of a supernatural Savior. If those shepherds had known their history they could have recalled the names of many saviors sent by God to deliver His people. They were the prophets, the priests, the kings that appeared and disappeared throughout the centuries. But not one of them was ever called "A Savior which is Christ the Lord." But that night a miracle had taken place, and God had truly visited His people in the person of Jesus Christ, the anointed Messiah and the appointed Lord. As the Messiah, He had gathered up unto Himself all the prophets and the priests and the kings of ages past. As the Lord He had come as the Jehovah of the Old Testament, now to reveal the Savior of the New Testament. Here indeed was a supernatural Savior who had come to do a supernatural work.
2. In that melody was the concept of a universal Savior. No wonder the angles sang, "Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy whi ...
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