Published December 9, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"Go Tell"

The other day while preparing one of my Christmas broadcasts, I was enjoying the traditional carol, "Go Tell It On The Mountain," when it occurred to me – there's something different about this carol.

Virtually all of the other popular and time-honored Christmas carols – "Silent Night," "Away In A Manger," "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," etc., are simply descriptions – wonderful, poetic depictions – of the night Jesus was born. They paint beautiful mental pictures and rightly draw us into the worship of the Lord at His birth.

But, unlike the others, "Go Tell It On The Mountain" is an imperative. It is a command. Those words "Go Tell" keep ringing in my ears.

     "Go, tell it on the mountain,
     over the hills and everywhere;
     Go, tell it on the mountain
     That Jesus Christ is born."

The message of Christ's birth has always been one to be told.

One can imagine God instructing his angels to "go tell" some startled shepherds on a Judean hillside that Christ had been born! (Luke 2:11). And after finding the Child exactly where the angels had told them, what did they do? They "made known abroad" the news (Luke 2:17) — they felt compelled to "go tell" — because, as the angels had told them, these were "tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:10).  All people!

The message of Christ's birth – and why He came – needs to be told today more than ever. And we are under strict orders from the Lord Himself to do so. As He told His disciples – and, by extension, us – "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). The Gospel starts with His birth. "Go tell!"

This is one reason why I enjoy the Christmas season so much. It's an opportunity to share the Gospel. Phyllis Webb of the Rick Webb Family, regarding singing Christmas music, told me, "We feel like it's a great time to share the Gospel..." She says Christmas songs are all about "the main part of the Christmas story, and that is why Jesus came. And it was to be a sacrifice for us that we can have eternal life – life with Jesus someday in Heaven. He forgives us of our sins if we surrender to Him, and that's really the best part of the Christmas story – what His life meant and means to us."

That sacrifice Phyllis mentioned was, of course, Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross, paying the penalty for our sins. It was, indeed, the ultimate reason He came. But remember that if there had been no cradle there could have been no cross.

Those Christmas carols you hear on secular radio stations, those carols you hear being sung on street corners and in shopping malls – non-Christians are hearing them. They might not admit it, but it's raising questions in their mind about this whole Christmas thing. Why is Christmas so special, anyway? What's the big deal about Jesus being born? In fact, the Holy Spirit may be raising those very questions in their minds – preparing them to receive the truth.

That's where you come in. It's your opportunity to "go tell!" No other time of the year are we given so many opportunities for evangelism – opportunities to "go tell" what Christmas is all about – and why it's important. Take advantage of it!

"Go, Tell It On The Mountain" was written centuries ago – but is thought to have been inspired by Isaiah 52:7 – "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation..."

Here's your opportunity to have "beautiful feet!" Share the glad tidings — the good news — the Gospel. There's no better time to do it than right now — during the Christmas season. Go tell!

"Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere...
That Jesus Christ is born."

- Paul

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