Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 23: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

     This song should bring Scrooge to mind. That isn't because there is anything miserly or stingy about it, but because it is mentioned in the first chapter of "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. We all love that quintessential Yuletide story. It is all about second chances and redemption, and well, God blessing all of the world and give us true joy, which does have a way of making one merry, doesn't it?  Scrooge reminds us the worst of scoundrels can see the light, that "when we were gone astray" "Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day"...Always there when we need Him most, isn't He?

Lyrics: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
(Another one not in the Baptist Hymnal!)

Questions for thought and discussion:
1. Jesus came as THE King- meaning He had (and has) all the power and prestige fitting the highest royal Person. He had the power to free us from sin, He was the only one. To deny Jesus' power is to, in a way, say that Satan has more control. Do you ever do that in your own life? When you doubt, or worry, isn't that in a way denying Christ's power over everything? "Let nothing you dismay"...how can you acknowledge that truth through Christ?

2.  The 7th verse (Does this one have a crazy number of verses or what? EIGHT!) speaks of brotherhood, and the verses from Romans talk of how "we have received grace and apostleship". How can we exemplify those things through our unity? Why is that such an essential to the Christian life?

Looking for the printable? Find it here. 



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