Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christmas songs.
I’ve always loved Christmas songs and carols, even as a kid. They always sound so joyous, melodious, and festive. I’d look forward every year to hearing them played in malls and restaurants from November all through to the new year.
Of course, I started paying a lot more attention to the lyrics when I got older and after I became a Christian. Songs like O Come All Ye Faithful, We Are The Reason, and O Holy Night joined other childhood favourites like 12 Days of Christmas and Deck the Halls on my top Christmas songs list.
Then one day while I was dining with my husband TJ in a Japanese restaurant after returning home from a trip, I heard the song that has since become my all-time favourite Christmas song.
It’s so powerful that I can hardly ever sing it or listen to it without ending up crying and being filled with an immense sense of God’s personal love for me.
So here it is, the song How Many Kings (click for video) by the Canadian Christian band downhere:
Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
Just a child –
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
(Only One did that for me)
Bringing our gifts for the newborn Saviour
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honour, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for? (Is this who we’ve waited for?)
All for me…
All for you..
When the world would expect God the King to appear decked in full royal regalia and accompanied with all manner of fanfare and pomp, He instead came quietly one night as a baby born, announced by angels witnessed only by a few shepherds out in the country.
When the world would expect the Almighty God to come from a rich and powerful family enjoying every form of luxury from day 1, as He could certainly choose to do, He chose to come instead through a poor couple, from the royal bloodline but impoverished, as just a baby swaddled in simple cloth and placed in a stone manger or feeding trough for animals, signifying the tomb He was destined to end up in, to save us.
Though King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, though the Creator of the heavens and the earth, He came just as a child. The unlikeliest hero, yet Saviour of all.
He chose the lowliest circumstances for Himself, because He came to take our place, in every sense.
He wore the crown of thorns that we would share His crown of victory. He bore the shame of insults and desertion that we would never be alone or put to shame in Him.
He humbled Himself even to the point of enduring the pain and suffering of scourging and death by the cross, that we might be healed, exalted in Him, and gifted with the blessed assurance of a glorious life in eternity through the cross.
No other king or lord did that for us personally, or ever will. No other father gave up their son for us personally even without us knowing them, nor ever will.
Only one King and Lord did that. Only one Father did that. All for me, and all for you.
The Christmas message and the gift of Jesus isn’t just for people who have gone through some stuff or who need a crutch in life because they can’t do it on their own. It is more than just a nice song with powerful lyrics.
But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
A blessed Christmas to one and all.
Receive the love of Jesus this season, and let your Christmas celebration be so much the sweeter.
Because when we encounter Jesus, we encounter grace.