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One of the remarkable realities in this season is how predominant the presence of Christmas carols becomes in our society. No matter how we want to remove Christianity from our culture, no matter how politically incorrect it is to speak the gospel, you can't go into a store or an office building, just about anywhere without hearing Christmas carols being played or sung in the background. They are ubiquitous. They are absolutely everywhere. And I always have sort of a general smile on my face when I get into those environments because many people in our culture, though they're listening to an instrumental version of a Christmas carol, know the words well enough to be reciting them in their own minds, even though they don't necessarily believe the gospel. This is one of the good gifts of God's grace to our society, many, many centuries of great Christmas theology captured in these songs and carols which are so common in our culture. The gospel is really proclaimed far and wide musically for those who are listening to it. Christmas carols are a great blessing and a great heritage, especially those who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ because we understand the meaning of those wonderful words which are a part of that music.

By the way, a carol, the dictionary says, the Old English Dictionary says, "a carol is a song or hymn of gladness." It doesn't have to be just about Christmas, it could be about any glad theme, any joyous theme. And, of course, there's nothing more joyous than the incarnation, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ because of which all other truly joyous things have come to pass. When we look back on the wonderful hymns and carols that are a part of our heritage, we find in them the clear rich statements of gospel truth and they are a wonderful heritage for us....

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