Every year around this time the same thing happens. Social media blows up with multiple rants.
“It’s not right!”
“It’s too early”
“Why does it keep happening earlier and earlier every year!?”
The age-old fight about Christmas music.
Seriously, though, when are we supposed to start playing it? Can we start when Christmas decorations hit the store shelves? Can we start when the weather cools down? Do we have to wait until after Thanksgiving or even until the first day of December?
My opinion? I don’t care.
Seriously, it doesn’t matter one bit to me. I personally love Christmas music. I have a playlist on my Google music app (honestly, I have two different Christmas playlists) and I start playing them the hint Christmas comes around.
Think back to the first Christmas… Jesus was born, our Savior came in the flesh to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins. What was the “Christmas music” to herald His arrival?
John the Baptist.
And there were some arguments about the announcement of John the Baptist’s birth as well (see Luke 1:5-25).
You see, before Jesus was born, the angel Gabriel went to Zechariah and told him he was going to have a son. He told Zechariah that he would name him John and that John would prepare the way for the coming Lord. Ol’ Zech didn’t seem to have a problem with anything other than the fact that he thought he and his wife were too old to have kids. Talk about tunnel vision! You’ve literally got an angel appearing to you in the temple and you’re going to argue with him about the possibility of you having a son… not that your son will be the one that heralds the coming of the Messiah?!?
Since Zech didn’t have faith, the angel made him silent until John was born.
When Elizabeth gave birth to her son, everyone was shocked she wanted to name him John. They started arguing with her, “No one in your family has that name! Why would you want to name him that?” So they gave Zechariah a writing tablet and he started writing;
“His name is John.”
Boom, once Zechariah showed his faith his voice came back and he started talking. The “Christmas music” had started and “everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, ‘What will this child turn out to be?’ For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.” (see Luke 1:57-66)
John’s birth started the Christmas season, the very first Christmas season. Our Savior was born that year.
So, play your Christmas music this year with the thoughts of trusting in the One who proclaimed His birth. Use your voice to proclaim the promises He’s given us.