God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Christmas is an invasion!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:9

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Christmas morning has a message for you. It is that there are good tidings – or news – of great joy. The “great joy” is that God has become a human being for you.

Jesus Christ is born of the Virgin Mary in the little town of Bethlehem, and placed in a manger.

God was born a human for a reason. Actually for you!

The Christmas message is that God does the unexpected, the miraculous, to supreme good to save you from your sins, from death, and from the power of the devil.

This “good tidings of great joy” are that God sends Jesus to become a human being so He can die on a cross paying the price for our sins.

This “good tidings” are for all people, over all the world, throughout all history.

This is the basis for the Christmas Carol God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

In today’s English, this song’s title seems to refer to a lullaby. But if we properly understand the original meaning of the words “rest” and “merry” then we might see that it is an entirely different song!

“Rest” originally meant “keep” or “make.”

And “merry” meant “bountiful” and “prosperous.”

And one more thing will need  to be added to understand this carol’s title. A comma needs to be placed after the word “merry.”

So today, we would probably write the title of this Christmas carol something like this: “God make you prosperous, gentlemen!”

This is what we are actually wishing people when we say, “Merry Christmas!” We are wishing them a prosperous and bountiful Christmas.

This is, of course, good tidings indeed! Christmas marks the beginning of the endgame of Salvation. Jesus was born on Christmas in order to be our substitute. He takes, in our place, the punishment required because of our sins.

The soft lights and quiet music of most of our Christmas celebrations are wonderful, yes. But there’s another side to this “good tidings.” The original meaning of “Merry Christmas” hints at it.

“Bountiful” or “Prosperous Christmas” – which is what “Merry Christmas” means – hints at what God is doing, starting on Christmas.

As author John Eldredge says, “Christmas is an invasion. The Kingdom of God striking at the heart of the kingdom of darkness.” You can read more about this at http://ransomedheart.com/blogs/john/remember-dragon (accessed October 22, 2016)

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – the whole song – is a way to remind us just what is at stake at Christmas. The salvation of our souls from a formidable and dark enemy.

But the “good tidings” of comfort and joy is that Jesus Christ – whose birth we celebrate – was victorious against Satan and saved us from our sins, death, and the power of the devil.

God rest YOU merry, gentleman and gentlewoman!

Merry Christmas!


Heavenly Father, I give you praise and thanksgiving for this Christmas Day. I pray that even in the midst of all the excitement, company, and stress, you will quiet my heart and fill me with joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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