Merry Christmas!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day.
To save us all from Satan’s power,
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!

Among all the godly, Christmas is merry. Not because of our earthly circumstances. Not because we have health, wealth, or a close-knit family. Many of us do not.

Christmas is merry for the godly because of our deep knowledge and grief over our sin. Christmas is only merry for those who have ordered our minds and hearts by the law of God which has born the good fruit of our constant knowledge of being under Satan’s power and needing a Savior.

The godly have been born again through the living knowledge that we are conceived in the corruption of Adam, our first father. We have come to know how his corruption has been passed on to every man since, each of us in turn extending that corruption to his seed after him. You have inherited this and extended it, dear father. As have I. As have my fathers before me. Together under Adam’s federal headship, we join our fathers and sons in a perpetual line of bondage under Satan’s power.

Put another way, the godly are cheerful on Christmas because of our longing for salvation. From Adam’s sin. From our father’s sin. From our sin—great and terrible and awful as it is.

Because of our longing for freedom from slavery to Satan, sin, and death, the godly sing:

O come, O come, Immanuel,
And ransom captive Israel.
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

The godly man is not the man who uses Christmas cheer falsely, to inebriate himself from seeing and feeling and knowing what is true of his father, his sons, and himself. Rather, the godly man is the man who receives Christmas cheer with disbelief and wonder.

God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful all ye nations rise!
Join the anthem in the skies.
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

As it has always been since Adam’s fall, the world is full of sin and pain today. But make no mistake. Not one iota of it is undeserved. Pointing our finger at others works with sinners, but not with the godly.

Yes, others share the blame. With King David, the godly confess, “In sin my mother conceived me.” But who we are and what we ourselves have done and corrupted is not mama’s fault.

Truth arrives in a man’s inward parts when he begins to see and cry out to God in agony over his own sin. Truth arrives when a man finally sees the fundamental truth of life, that he himself is the one at fault, the one to be blamed, the one who must himself repent before the infinitely Holy God Whose wrath against the ungodly continues every day.

If you deny the Word of God and believe social media, you know we are not to blame ourselves. No one’s evil himself. We’ve just been done wrong by an endless line of evil others. Channel your social media ghetto and take your pick:

Racists. Public health officers. Haters. BLM women. Sexists. Revoicers. Homophobes. Human Resource Departments. Bigots. Premillenials. Transphobes. Child Protective Services. White men. Critical race theorists. Feminists. State educationists. Democrats. Dispensationalists.

There is not a sliver of merry today among those who blame the wickedness and stupidity of others. You will know yourselves by your bondage to the sins of resentment, envy, and bitterness.

Christmas joy only comes to those having the acute knowledge of our own guilt before God. Only godly sinners know the joy of Christmas, and join together singing:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

So now, once more and with gusto!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day.
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r,
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!


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