Why Merry Christmas

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There is a compelling reason to celebrate the Advent.

God’s angels burst into the night sky to praise the birth of Christ. In Luke 2 we read how the sky erupted with the praise of the angels:

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.””

Then, in Revelation 5:11-14, we again read of the angels proclaiming the praises our Savior, the Lamb.

Why is the Lamb worthy to receive praise? Because he completed the mission his Father entrusted to his care. The angels proclaimed his praise at his birth and that praise continues on in heaven and will continue throughout eternity.

The Holy Spirit has made it a point to show God’s people that heaven is all about the praise of Christ and his successful completion of the mission that began with his Advent. Heaven is focused on praising the worthiness of Jesus Christ and his Advent mission.

While it is not wise to limit the praise of Christ’s Advent to one particular day, neither is it wrong to select a day for particular focus to join with the angel’s praise. All of the days belong to our God and not to man. We are free to use any and all of them for his glory.

Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it in heaven. We can say with confidence the birth of Christ is praised in heaven. May it also be on earth!

Why should Christmas be merry? Why should the world be joyful? Because Christ has come to earth to save his people from their sins. Talk to your children about this, about the real reason Christmas is merry. Make Christmas a time when you truly proclaim joy to a lost world. As the carol proclaims – Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

“Merry Christmas” connects our praise on earth with the praise of heaven.

Merry Christmas!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.