The Jewish Who Wrote Christmas Songs

7 Nov

The Jesus Who Wrote Christmas Songs…

It’s a strange phenomenon – Some of the best loved Christmas music in the world was written by Jewish people! White Christmas, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting), Hark the Herald Angels, O Holy Night… and more… were all written by Jewish people!

It seems so strange… and yet what could be more natural than the birth of the Jewish Messiah observed by the Jewish people. Christmas is a Jewish phenomenon.

That there even exist songs of Christmas is a testimony to the birth of a Jewish rabbi. On this count alone, Jesus, Yeshua, must be the long prophesied Jewish Messiah.

For it was foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures that in the Jewish Messiah the Gentiles would take refuge (Isaiah 11). And there’s only one Jewish man in all of Jewish history who has fulfilled it.

Every Christmas, that fact is confirmed. So when you see those manger scenes and hear those Christmas songs, remember to pray for the Josephs and Marys, His family, the Jewish people, who brought you the blessings of Jesus and have yet to discover that the Light of the Gentiles just happens to also be, the Glory of Israel!

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke1:26-38

Write down the names of one or two Jewish people that you know personally or know of, and pray today that they may come to know their Messiah.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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