Substance Worth Singing About

Christmastime comes with its own soundtrack.  Take a song, give it some sleigh bells and you’ve got a Christmas tune.  Add in a crackling yule log and some spiced cider and you have the right sort of sentiment.  

But substance trumps sentiment, which is why the Incarnation is a big deal.  

At Christmas we celebrate the actual, literal, substantive advent of Jesus.  We are not aiming for a certain sentiment unless is accompanies that substance.  The Christmas “spirit” is sentiment that is devoid of any substantive meaning if not for the actual, flesh-and-blood appearing of Jesus.

This is why secular Christmas celebrations don’t make sense.  Who cares about presents and sleigh bells and Christmas lights and warm fuzzies as ends in themselves? Not me! Feelings deceive.  But if those things accompany something of substance, that’s different. 

Presents remind us of the gift that God gave at Christmas.  We give in imitation of our giving God.

Sleigh bells alert us of good things coming our way.  Actual good things, not empty sentiments.  

Christmas lights are an echo the Light of the World coming at Christmas.  

We could go on, but signs are great, so long as they point to something real.  Signs that direct you to nowhere are unhelpful.  

The world was turned on its head when God became man.  Platonists were offended when the Logos took on corruptible flesh.  No man would have come up with this idea.  It was staggering, and it is glorious.  

My encouragement to you this Christmastime is this: be amazed.  

Be amazed by the mind-blowing reality that God would lower Himself to serve His creatures, enabling their eternal fellowship with Him.  

Be amazed that Jesus held together His own physical substance…and still does.  

Be amazed at the glories of the Incarnation, then sing about them: 

God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, Begotten not created.

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

At Christmas, we reject materialism while embracing the real.  The Incarnation is worth celebrating and singing about.  

Merry Christmas!

U.H.