The question for this Noel, is not if we celebrate with our families, and preach Christ born for our salvation. Instead, consider if we pay more attention to the message of the world or the message of God.
Where are we putting our effort and prayers and concentration? I confess, too often they are about my family and the affairs of this world. For I am in it. But we should be like our LORD. He was not of this world, and this world despised him.
If you are faithful, expect to be in contention with your neighbours.
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.
80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!
3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbours, and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Rejoice. Not in this world, but that we can have eternal joy with Christ, if we believe in him. So let’s rejoice: be it with plainsong, chant, or a full pentecostal rock band.