Maybe you have heard of “second-coming type”. It’s the size type newspapers have reserved for Christ’s return. Until then, Christmas is the greatest event the world has yet witnessed and that’s why it is celebrated worldwide by every tongue, tribe and nation. Even Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, agnostics and atheists join the celebration.
Christmas is such a big deal! It has the greatest music ever, with more songs than you can count—everything from Handel’s Messiah to Rudolph. Families travel thousands of miles just to be together for the season. Everywhere colorful lights dazzle us. I’ve thrilled to yachts by the scores floating down Florida waterways, lit up like well, Christmas trees! And don’t forget the decorations and presents.
All of this fuss is to honor Jesus! I used to agree with the bumper sticker, “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas.” But I’ve changed my mind. True, most who are caught up in the celebration don’t have a clue what they are celebrating. But now I’ve just come to be glad they are celebrating.
After all, remember those critics at the first Palm Sunday. They were down in the mouth about the thousands who lined the streets of Jerusalem, shouting, honoring Jesus. Most of them didn’t have a clue either. Yet Jesus answered the critics, ”I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones would have to cry out!” (Luke 19:40 INV). Wouldn’t he say the same about all the fuss over him at Christmas?
No wonder! Christmas was a one -time event. Nothing like it will ever happen again. It was the miracle invasion of our dark planet by the Lord of glory Himself. He came to be born, live and die among us because he loves us too much to see us lost in darkness and guilt or to be plagued by fear of death.
So I ask, can we take Christ out of Christmas? Not really. He is Christmas.
This song tells the old, old Christmas story in a fresh way. I wish you could hear it sung, but that’s beyond our technical competence. I hope it helps you appreciate this miracle season of unspeakable joy. After all, Christmas is not just for believers. it’s for the world.
Holiness Hung in the Air
An angel brought Mary glad tidings that day.
She was a maid – en both hum – ble and fair.
He told of a birth that would change the earth,
And holiness hung in the air. Oh holiness hung in the air.
The young coup-le came to a quaint crowd-ed town,
Where the maid – en gave birth on a bed of hay.
Ma gi and sheherds all gather – ed around.
They hard ly knew what to say.
For hol-i-ness hung in the air.
There in a cat-tle trough, rough and crude
The Lord of glo – ry cried and cooed
His few cho-sen guests with a – stonish – ed joy,
A – dored this mir – a – cle ba – by boy
And hol – i – ness hung in the air.
Yes, holi-ness hung in the air.
Kings and pea – sants held hands that night;
While angels were sing-ing His prais- es on high
The maiden gazed down at a wondrous sight
And t – tered a new moth – er’s sigh
For hol- iness shone in his hair.
Glory shown bright in his hair
Well who would’ve guessed and who could’ve known
The world would remember that first Christmas night,
With sing- ing and feast- ing and daz-zling lights.
In this mir a cle sea-son of giv -ing we share.
For there’s hol – i – ness still in the air.
Christ’s glo – ry shines bright
In the air.