Johnny Mathis’s most famous song is true again: “It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Take a look in the five and ten, glistening once again,with candy canes and silver lanes aglow . . .”
The decorations hit all the high points—simple, fun, elegant, electric, cheesy, serious, and sacred. Many families, including ours, make a point to drive around some time during the season and check out the decorations/lights in their area.
But it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, too. Christmas songs are in every store, on the streets, doctor’s offices, radio, and television. No other season of the year does what Christmas does musically. Christmas playlists are liberally sprinkled with Christmas favorites that tell the real Christmas story, the story of Jesus. Right after “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” you are likely to hear “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The words are direct and memorable:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled.
Straight gospel. Over and over people are hearing phrase like, “Mary, did you know, the child that you delivered will one day deliver you,” and “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘til He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth,” “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king! Let every heart prepare him room.” You can add to the list. There are literally dozens of songs, familiar to the world at large, that tell about Jesus during this time. People in general are more open to the message and less defensive at Christmas.
The angels promised “peace on earth” through this child who came to save people from their sins. Not that wars would all cease immediately, and conflict would be done at the moment of His birth, but that those who put their faith in Him would have peace with God, with themselves, and increasingly with others. It’s the best news ever to come to this broken planet, and everyone you know still needs the message.
Christmas is the best time ever to share the news that will forgive the past, empower the present, and fill the future with hope. We are working hard to give you the best opportunity possible to sow seeds that God can and will use in the coming days. The Christmas Eve service promises to be an incredible opportunity to introduce family and friends to the Savior of the world. I challenge you to invite at least one person you know, who needs the Savior you have found, to join with us in one of the Christmas Eve services. Inviting is good—meeting them there and sitting with them is even better. It will help them make a new Christmas memory, tighten bonds with you, and sow a seed that may turn into a great harvest in 2018.
I know you have a list longer than your Christmas wish list of people who need this Savior. Right now, make a short list of names you will invite, and write a deadline on the paper, too . . . sometime in the next 72 hours when you will ask them. That will give them plenty of time to think and plan, and you time to repeat the invitation to let them know you are serious.
Let’s pray together about it.‘ Tis the Season.