One Simple Question to Easily Share the Gospel This Christmas

December 17, 2018

 

“The meaning of the season”, “What Christmas is all about”, “The true meaning of Christmas”, “Don’t leave the Christ out of Christmas”. We hear these phrases every year, usually uttered by good Christian people and pastors who want to make sure that Christmas really is about Jesus. It is shockingly easy to get sucked into the machine of the American Christmas. It begins with Black Friday shopping, ends with day after Christmas shopping, and every day in between is filled with Christmas music, Christmas lights, Christmas food, Christmas movies, and Christmas vacation. This makes it all too easy, even for Christians, to lose sight of the whole reason Christmas exists.

 

Christmas is about Jesus. ALL about Jesus. It isn’t about Jesus and anything. It’s about just Jesus. For the people of God, Christmas should be about worshipping God, celebrating Christ’s birth, and telling the world about who Jesus is and why he came to be Emmanuel, “God with us”.

 

Sometimes finding the right way and the right time to share the good news about Jesus with someone can be difficult. But the Christmas season is a built-in month long opportunity. There are a ton of great and easy ways to share the gospel, but let me suggest a new and very simple one that you may find helpful this Christmas.

 

It’s as simple as asking one question. Just one question. One very easy, non philosophical or theological question that everyone can answer that will open a door for you to share the good news of Jesus with someone. This is the question:

 

“What is your favorite Christmas song?”

 

That’s it. If you’re looking for an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus with someone this Christmas, just start by asking what their favorite Christmas song is. You may get a variety of answers like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Jingle Bells”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Last Christmas”, and “All I Want for Christmas is You”.

 

You may also get answers that are (surprisingly to some) saturated with gospel truth like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy to the World”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”.

 

If you get a response with a song like these, point out to them the beautiful truths about Jesus in the lyrics. And whether or not they respond with an easy gospel song, tell them what your favorite Christmas song is and share why the lyrics are important. I can’t think of an easier, more seasonally appropriate way to share the good news about Jesus with someone this Christmas. Just ask them what their favorite Christmas song is and then point them toward the gospel truth about Jesus that fills so many of our favorite Christmas songs.

Be generous and bold with the gospel this Christmas!

 

In case you need some help – here are some gospel saturated Christmas songs with some bolded gospel truths about Jesus:

 

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

 

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored: 
Christ, the everlasting Lord; 
Late in time behold him come, 
Offspring of the favoured one. 
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; 
Hail, th’incarnate Deity: 
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell, 
Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!

Hail! the heaven-born
Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die: 
Born to raise the son of earth, 
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King !”

 

“Joy to the World”

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

Joy to the world, now we sing
Let the earth receive her king
Joy to the world, now we sing
Let the angel voices ring
Joy to the world, now we sing
Let men their songs employ
Joy to the world, now we sing
Repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The light of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders, of His love

 

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

 

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly, sweetly through the night
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brief delight

Gloria, in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest)
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing,
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

 

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

 

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty and awe

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave

 

 

"O Come, All ye Faithful"

 

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come