Well, the Christmas season is upon us! I try to wait as long as possible before giving in to playing Christmas music 24/7, which is hard since the radio station I listen to started playing Christmas music two weeks BEFORE Thanksgiving! I managed to wait until November 25 to start the "festivities", but since then, it has been pretty much non-stop "Jingle Bells"!
Oftentimes I listen to music on the Internet music app called Pandora. You can "create" your own station and it will play songs that seem similar to the type of station you have created. So, of course I created a couple Christmas music Pandora stations. One in particular I have is "Contemporary Christian Christmas Music." The other day I was listening to that station and all of a sudden the old hymn Amazing Grace started playing. I paused whatever I was doing and glanced in the direction of my radio, for I was surprised to hear that particular song on my "Christmas" station.
But, I pondered for a moment, and then realized how fitting it was. After all, Christmas is first and foremost about God shedding his heavenly garments in exchange for earthly ones. And not the robes of the royalty but the humble rags of a shepherd. Why? To right a wrong that occurred at the dawn of time.
The wrong that occurred was that humanity disobeyed God, and as a result ushered in pain and suffering for us until the day we die. God wanted a way for our suffering to ultimately come to an end. Therefore he made a way for justice to be served for the wrong committed by humanity. However, no human was righteous enough to right this wrong. Only God himself was righteous enough. But, the payment required the ultimate sacrifice, of life itself. And so God, being the only one righteous enough, came to earth himself, incarnated himself in the body of a babe, and lived a life that was destined for death.
When I realized all of this, then I realized how appropriate it is to play "Amazing Grace" during the Christmas season. For it truly is amazing that he showed such grace for us that even though the fault was ours, God paid the price. And in so doing, has won for us peace, both now and forevermore.
May you enjoy the variety of music that adds depth and meaning to this beautiful season.