All the top singers sing Christmas carols. They even sing the parts that say “Son of God”, “Sin” and “Salvation”. Yet these are just words to them. If this is the way they sing Christmas Carols than is that the way they approach all music? It’s just words – nothing important. I’ve asked many people – why do you like this song? I’ve heard many answers, but the vast majority are a derivative of “I like the tune/beat”. But if you listen to the words to those songs, they’re singing about your ex taking vengeance on you, or hating other people, or being lonely and walking aimlessly with no hope. These are the songs people (Christian and non-Christian alike) enjoy listening too. These are the things with which they fill their heads.
The amazing thing about God’s word is that it’s about the message, not the mode. The message of Jesus, coming to earth, dying for our sins, and rising again conquering death to bring us salvation, that message is beyond the mode. You can sing it in 18th-19th century hymns. You can say it in Rap, or in a poetry cafe. You can draw it in a picture, or picture it in Dance. You can show it drama, or live it in life. You see the word has been spoken; every atom in all the universe was created by it, and listens to it.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)
You see the God speaks… He and His Word are ONE! What a great mystery.
In Genesis, we read “God Said” eight times during the six days of creation… (Did you ever notice that God rested on the seventh day… but also had good nights of rest, void of working too? That’s for another time.)
Here’s the most incredible thing of all. Jesus (God) said this: “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45) Sometimes I wonder why God created the world. He could have chosen not to. He could have just created everything up to Adam, and then stopped there. He knew we would sin, and cause Him pain. He new from the onset of time that He would need to sacrifice His Son to pay for our sins in order to open the door for true reconciliation, forgiveness, redemption and relationship to occur. Well… from out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. God’s heart, above all else, desires true relationships. He could have created man, and not put the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” in the garden, but I’m not sure that would be true relationship. You see the angels worship him, but we get to reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18) and walk and talk with Him. We have a relationship with Him. That’s what God wanted most of all: relationship. He created for relationship. He gave us choice for relationship. He died for relationship. He rose again for relationship. This was all started when He spoke. His desire for relationship was so great that He spoke.
What is our desire? And how does it come out when we speak? Do we even hear what we say? You see our problem is that we are sinful. Not only do we have the capacity to deceive others, but we deceive ourselves. Our hearts are “deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). We can deceive ourselves. We can listen to words and think they have no effect on us. (“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” – remember that one?) We can sing songs (worship and secular alike) and have them bring no meaning to us. The really scary thing comes in the second part of Matthew 12, which we were reading earlier: “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37) Every bad thing I’ve said about other drivers in the car, every bad thought I’ve had in the privacy of my own home. Every complaint for “pointless” business meetings, and ever word spoken against stubborn unchanging people, that all comes from my heart. It’s no wonder that our hearts of stone need to be replaced with hearts of flesh, hearts that are ready to receive the gift of Jesus this Christmas.