Good Christian Men, Rejoice

by Derrick G. Jeter

The birth of Jesus is the only true source of joy for mankind and for the whole creation. For this reason we rejoice—we literally “see joy” and delight in life. And with the Psalmist we proclaim: “I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (I will recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds! I will rejoice in You and be in high spirits; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High!” (Psalm 9:1–2).
In one of my favorite Christmas carols, “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” we see the joy of a life redeemed from sin and death by the babe of Bethlehem. In each stanza the carol urges us to rejoice, “With heart and soul and voice.” Why? Because “Jesus Christ is born today.” And His birth, life, death, and resurrection brings “endless bliss: / Jesus Christ was born for this! . . . Now ye need not fear the grave: / Jesus Christ was born to save!”
Could there be better news than this—at Christmas time or anytime of year—“Jesus Christ was born to save!” Lift your heart, your soul, your voice and rejoice! “Christ is born today! . . . Christ was born to save!”
Good Christians men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today.
Ox and ass before Him bow,
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope’d the heavenly door,
And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this!

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and call you all
To gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
To all my readers—have yourself a very Merry Christmas! May it be filled with the blessings of the only Christ of Christmas, Jesus who was born to save!
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