A Pastor’s Ponderings: The Christmas Song

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By Pastor Dave Holland

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand…
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
—Job 38:4-7 (NIV)

In the beginning of time there was a Singer. He sang a magnificent song and the world was made. Such beautiful music danced through the universe that the sun, moon and stars waltzed in perfect rhythm. But, humanity questioned everything in the song for so long that humans forgot there was a Singer. That’s when the great sadness began. The earth decayed and the song faded into a distant memory.

God fashioned the heavens and the earth while the stars sang. We look through the eyes of science and we see laser beams and light-years calculated to infinity. But we miss the song and the Singer. God speaks the language of beauty and design, while science seeks the method and math of creation. Albert Einstein said, “Science is lame without religion and religion without science is blind.” Science relates to creation as sheet music interacts with a song. Both are necessary, but methodology must follow the creative genius.

Creation resounds to the glory of God. But we have this problem called sin. It mucks up the works considerably. Our hurts and pains deafen us to the song; it blinds us from seeing the splendor. We can trace our fatal flaw to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve rebelled against God. We inherited their mutinous nature and possess it in every fiber of our being. We don’t try to be bad–it comes naturally. All seemed hopeless until Father God created a new beginning.

God’s secret plan slowly unfolded. In the stillness of a Middle Eastern night, a Hebrew named Abraham once again heard the stars sing. The promise revealed to Abraham that salvation would come through his descendants. And he believed the promise. God would create a new song for humanity to sing and rejoin the praises of the morning stars.
The Holy Child was born in Bethlehem, birthed to the tune of “Glory to God in the highest.” The universe sang at His birth, “At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.” Luke 2:13-14 (The Message)

Humanity crucified Jesus the Savior, but God’s creative song would not be silenced. All creation groaned until the melody of pain and suffering converted into resurrection. The great sadness is transformed into joy. This message of life is released through faith in Christ.

The song of creation and Christmas simmers in every Christian’s heart. You are God’s workmanship. His creative song dances in your heart waiting to be sung by your voice. The universe is waiting to hear the new thing that God has created in you.

Christmas is the song of the ages and you are now the singer. The angels sang it and invited the shepherds and all people to join the joy. The birth of Jesus is our theme: “It came upon a midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, From heaven’s all-gracious King.”

Dave Holland pastored churches for 38 years before retiring in Destin. He recently released his new devotional-Bible study based on the Gospel of Luke titled, “Extraordinary Jesus: Ignite Your Season of Miracles.” You can obtain a copy of this book from his website, DaveHolland.org or at Amazon.com. Pastor Dave is available to preach and teach in churches and conferences.