A Mighty Christmas!!!
One of the best loved Christmas music is the song “God rest ye merry, gentlemen.” The lyrics are quite odd as we study it.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
It is a song that depicts the gospel – Christ came, destroy the works of the devil and now we can rest and have comfort and joy – thus we say MERRY CHRISTMAS, right?
Wrong if you trace the real meaning of the word merry in old english. In Old English the word merry could mean happy but it is also used in place of the word mighty. Examples would be Robin Hood’s merry (mighty) men. The merry men were not some happy go lucky bunch but were men that King Richards fear.
The nation of Great Britain was called “Merry Old England” – which was a powerful nation back then.
The sentence EAT, DRINK and BE MERRY was used during war times when soldiers would have to eat and drink because tomorrow they conquer.
Thus knowing the origin of the words would make our Christmas different. Knowing the true meaning of Christmas is pretty much huge.
Merry is not Santa Clause and all things cute about Christmas
Merry is MIGHTY. It is when Jesus came down on earth, born in a manger, grew up as a carpenter and was laser focused on his mission – to destroy the works of the devil and to save mankind from sin.
Now that is Merry Mighty Christmas!!!!