The Real Reason for Tidings of Comfort and Joy


"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." Isaiah 9: 6-7


Long before the familiar yuletide carol was created and repeated by many during the Christmas season, tiding of comfort and joy were given to those who awaited the good news of grace. The promise of One who would come and free mankind of the power of Satan that was given up in the garden. When the prophet Isaiah spoke of this, he spoke of one who would come and deliver man of the sin that enslaved them.

The promise of Christ’s birth was something of no surprise. It was expected. All the way from the beginning in the garden, God Himself gave the first proclamation of a Deliver - one who would crush the head of the serpent, when we had indeed gone astray (Genesis 3:15). We can fast forward to the Psalms, finding littered among it the prophecy of a Righteous King whose kingdom will last forever, governed by His own righteousness (Psalm 45:6). And perhaps one of the greatest comforts of this promise was given to Mary herself, when the Angel proclaimed to her great tidings of comfort and joy, letting her know that the Lord had chosen her to carry the Savior of the world (Luke 2:11-14).

Christ’s birth was the greatest tidings of comfort and joy given to mankind, and it still remains so today and forever more. If you happen to find yourself hearing or singing this song this Christmas season, meditate on the truths found in its lyrics:

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born on Christmas Day

To save us all from Satan's pow'r

When we were gone astray

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy


Lord, the greatest comfort and joy we could experience in life and beyond is knowing You and the Son You so graciously sent. Let us always reflect on His great work for us, not only during the holidays, but also each day of our lives. To You be the glory, honor, and praise. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Your Turn

"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" is a well known Christmas carol about Christ’s birth, as are many others! What carols do you know speak of the truths you can find in Scripture?

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Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.