Why Do We Sing?

Why Do We Sing?

Why is this birth significant? Why do we write songs and sing about it? The birth of Jesus is significant not because it took place in a manger, nor so much that it was a virgin birth. His birth is significant because Jesus atoned for our sin on the cross and proved He is God the Son by rising from the dead! Without His birth, death, and resurrection, we would be doomed to an eternity in Hell. Jesus has come to save us from damnation and now we have hope that makes us sing and celebrate Him.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

So why isn’t everyone rejoicing over the birth of a Savior? Simply because they do not believe in Hell or Heaven. They don’t believe in God, so a birth in a manger doesn’t move them. Jesus performed many miracles to show who He is, but they did not see them, so they doubt they really happened. The doubters explain the Resurrection as a hoax portrayed by His disciples stealing His body. Therefore, they dismiss celebrating the birth of Jesus and substitute the holiday with Santa Claus, the winter Solstice, Frosty the Snowman, or simply a season to eat, drink, and be merry.

But in their spirit, some wonder if Jesus is really just a legend, like Santa Claus, or is He actually God. The songs we sing witness to them and they can’t claim ignorance about Jesus and His birth. Even if they turn the message off, make it illegal, and teach their godless philosophy, it doesn’t change the fact that they are doomed. God will have His way. Unless they believe Jesus and repent, they will experience the wrath of God coming upon the sin of this world.

John 3:17-18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

At His birth, the angels declared peace on earth. The peace declared by the angels is peace that is possible between God and man. There will never be peace between men until men are delivered of their sin, their hearts transformed, and their way of thinking changed, because they believe in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Therefore, we share the Good News of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection with the whole world in hope that all will find peace with God and with one another.

Jesus is called Immanuel, which means “God with us”. The significance of His birth is that Jesus Christ is God who loves us, identifies with us, and saves us.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

When we are saved by God’s grace and born again by His Spirit, our minds and eyes are opened. As a result, we understand the Scriptures and the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We realize Christianity is not a creed or a doctrine, but a relationship with God and a revelation that causes us to declare—“Now, I see who Jesus is!” I know Him! And He knows me!

When we get this revelation—not in our head, but in our spirit—it has a powerful effect on us. It changes us completely. Psychologists may try to change people’s behavior, but only God can change a person’s personality so that he thinks and behaves differently.

The first effect of this faith in Jesus is that we are forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God the Father. Now, because of the birth, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, any man can be born again of God the Holy Spirit and become a child of God.

Jesus Christ is not a man who became Divine; He is God who became a man. He emptied Himself of His glory in becoming one of us. Jesus Christ became Man, born of a virgin, for one purpose, that He might atone for our sin and bring the whole human race back into oneness with God. God the Son took on the life of a man, so that, man can take on the life of God the Son. This has become possible for anyone who believes, based on the Redemption Jesus purchased for us with His blood.

Jesus is God and Man in one body. God is brought down to man in Christ, and Man is lifted up to God in Christ. The two, God and man, are made one flesh in Jesus Christ. We become like Jesus by the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That is the mystery of the New Covenant—man’s oneness with God through Jesus Christ. We are in Him and He is in us.

Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The second effect of faith in Jesus is: when we believe, repent of our sin, and are baptized in Jesus Name, we are born again into God’s family and we are guaranteed citizenship in His kingdom.

Before Jesus came, we were enemies and aliens, separated from God. But for those who believe and have been born again of the Holy Spirit, everything that belongs to Jesus also belongs to us. We have a dwelling place in Heaven with God that will last for all eternity.

Colossians 2:9-10 For in Him the whole fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

As a result of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are given His peace, not the peace of the world, but the peace that passes all understanding. It is peace with God, and the peace of God that allows us to cope with everyday situations. It is also His peace between us because we are brothers and sisters in God’s family, for we have the same Father.

Today, the Holy Spirit is extending to each of us the opportunity to see with eyes of faith the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not in a manger today, nor is He on a cross on Calvary, neither is He lying in a grave. Today, He sits at the right hand of the throne of God, interceding for us, and awaiting the Father’s command to return to earth.

You see, His birth in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, was only the first of two visits Christ will make to earth. On that first visit, He came to purchase our salvation. He came to live, and die, and rise from the grave to pay for our sins and reconcile us to the Father. He came to offer all of mankind eternal life through a second birth of His Spirit.

On the second visit, He will not come as a child, but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to judge the living and the dead. At that time, only those who have believed Him unto salvation and been born of the Spirit of God will be saved.

Have you believed in Christ and experienced that spiritual birth? We cannot enter the realm of the Kingdom of God unless we are born of the Spirit by a birth totally unlike natural birth.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

This verse is not a command; it is a foundational fact. We cannot do it; it is the work of God, the Holy Spirit. How it happens is indescribable, but you can start the process by believing and obeying Jesus. If you believe He is the Son of God who atoned for your sin on the cross, confess your faith publicly, repent of your sin, and die to your old life in water baptism. Your sin will be forgiven and you will be born again of the Holy Spirit, who will progressively transform your life into the image of Christ.