My family and I got in the Christmas spirit last night after we got home from our relatives’ house after a busy and fun Thanksgiving weekend. The kids wanted to put up the Christmas tree, which in the common tradition we typically put up right after Thanksgiving. My son wanted to listen to some Christmas music, and we had fun picking out songs, everything from the Transiberian Orchestra to Wham’s “Last Christmas,” and the old favorite “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
My new favorite Christmas song over the past couple of years though is one by a group called Cloverton, set to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but with the verses written to reflect the Christmas theme.
The last verse gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes, as it captures the enormity of what Christmas really means. It goes like this:
“I know You came to rescue me;
This baby boy would grow to be
a man who’d one day die for me and you.
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross too.
Still every breath You drew was “Hallelujah!”
Today, I just want to share this song with you and encourage you to think about what Christmas means to you. I hope you are as touched and encouraged by it as I am. We can be thankful that because He did come down to rescue us and pay for our sins in full, we can also say, “Hallelujah (which means ‘Praise the Lord’)!”
“But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
“Thank You Lord, for the enormity of Your gift to us. Help us to reflect on this more as we near closer to Christmas time. I thank You that because of Your great love and mercy, You took my cross upon Yourself, and carried the burden of my sin, and willingly laid down Your life for me. I also thank You that the story doesn’t end there, but that You won the victory for us forever. Help me to live today saying “Hallelujah” with every breath I take, for You are worthy, and I can’t thank You enough. In Jesus name, Amen.”