The message of the Angel of the Lord from Luke 2 should be SHOUTED from the rooftops.
It is difficult to comprehend the long anticipation for the coming of the Messiah experienced by the people of Israel.
When I get past my personal music tastes and really pay attention to the lyrics of many traditional Christmas carols, I find them to have a deeply rich theology.
Regardless of generation or circumstance, we all feel the weariness of the world — a world longing for the One who says “Come to me all who are weary and I will give rest.”
The hope for the coming of this promised king goes back to the Old Testament, where it is foretold, among other places, in the Psalms.
The reality of humanity becoming free from our sinful flesh is not about improving poor choices, but about defending against the influence of personal, spiritual evil on our minds and on the world around us.