Carols That Count: “The Christmas Song”
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. – Revelation 22:17
Recommended Reading: John 12:46
On a scorching hot day in July 1945, songwriter Robert Wells began jotting down phrases that made him think of being cool instead of hot: Jack Frost, Yuletide, Eskimos, and the like. Forty minutes later, he had expanded the phrases into the lyrics of “The Christmas Song,” also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”
The third verse concludes, “And so I’m offering this simple phrase to kids from one to ninety-two; Although it’s been said many times, many ways … ‘Merry Christmas to you.’” His offer of a Merry Christmas to people of all ages mirrors the offer of the Gospel. There is no restriction on race, age, class, or gender as to who can come to Christ. As the Holy Spirit said at the end of the book of Revelation, “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
That invitation still stands. If you desire Jesus, He is yours. Make this Christmas your most joyful one by taking His water of life.
God commands all to repent and believe; Christ promises life and peace to all who do so. J. I. Packer
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Colossians 1 – 1 Thessalonians 5