One Simple Question to Easily Share the Gospel This Christmas


“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 ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word. Give to our Father glory in the Highest; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

“What Child Is This?”

What Child is this, who laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King Whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here, The silent Word is pleading. This, this is Christ the King Whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through, The Cross be borne, for me, for you: Hail, hail, the Word made flesh, The Babe, the Son of Mary! This, this is Christ the King Whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh All tongues and peoples own Him The King of kings salvation brings Let loving hearts enthrone Him This, this is Christ the King Whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.

“O Holy Night”

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming As men of old have sung. It came, a flower bright, Amid the cold of winter When half-gone was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind: With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright She bore to men a Savior When half-gone was the night.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air, Dispels with glorious splendor The darkness everywhere. True man, yet very God, From sin and death He saves us And lightens every load

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