Luke 2:9-11 “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
The author of this Christmas carol, James Montgomery, was the son of missionaries to the West
Indies. While attending seminary school in England, he received word that both of his parents died
suddenly on the mission field. James immediately left seminary school, and soon fell into a life of
aimless discouragement. The only thing that lifted him out of this time of discouragement was writing.
He began to write songs, and even became interested in newspaper work. James would become the
editor of Sheffield Register in London and would maintain this job for 31 years. As his mind became
sharper in knowledge, he became infatuated with the story of Christ’s birth to the point of writing a
carol about it, only this one was different. He focused on the excitement behind the announcement of
Christ’s birth, and he related it to the excitement we should have for the second coming of Christ. He
invites all to “Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the new-born king.” Christmas is a time of excitement and rejoicing. A time where many will put aside sorrow and sadness to enjoy time with friends and family, but often, the reason we have excitement and rejoicing is ONLY because of friends and family. We have forgotten the true reason we should be happy and that is because of Christ. Just as the angels announced in excitement the birth of Christ, and invited the shepherds to come and worship Christ, we should have zeal in telling others about Christ this holiday season. Christmas should be about worshiping Christ and honoring Him by telling others about His birth, death, and resurrection.