BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#881 - "Christmas Everyday" by Unspoken
Unspoken puts a unique spin in the way the gospel impacts the Christmas season in "Christmas Everyday."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #881 -
Posted: December 14, 2017 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Unspoken returned last year with Follow Through, which was one of my Top 5 Albums of 2016, featuring the hit songs "Higher," "The Cure" and "Miracle." It is refreshing how in this age of lyrical ambiguity, there is no question that this band is sold-out for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

There are a lot of choices when it comes to Christmas music, and something I've come to truly cherish about Unspoken's music ministry is how they are unashamed of the Gospel. Their band name is partly inspired by the Francis of Assisi quote: "Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary use words." In that vein, I had the chance to speak with Chad Mattson about Unspoken's original Christmas song "Christmas Everyday."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

In this song, we aren't talking about the birth of Jesus, like a lot of Christmas songs. Instead, we are celebrating that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, it is Christmas every day. We can walk in grace, love, forgiveness and peace every day, and we don't need to wait for the holiday to remember the gift that God gave us. We can celebrate the resurrection daily. 

We were writing this song while watching a Target commercial. There were a couple of little things we slightly modified for possible use of this song for things like that. We like how it turned out, and no matter what, the song is about Jesus, because that is what Christmas is all about. The joy that we have, we should be putting on everybody's face. 

We wrote the song from a slightly different angle. It comes back to the C.S. Lewis quote about how the Christian shoemaker doesn't make shoes with a cross on it; he makes the best shoes that he can. That's a little bit of the story behind writing this song. We write these Christmas songs in July on a hot summer day, which is always funny. We wanted to do something that was fun and was original.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

James 5:7-9 (NKJV): "Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!"

Mark 10:45 (NKJV): "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Psalm 39:7 (NKJV): "And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You."

John 1:29 (NKJV): "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him; and said Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Romans 6:23 (VOICE): "The payoff for a life of sin is death, but God is offering us a free gift--eternal life through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King."

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NASB): "Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

Ephesians 2:11-13 (MSG): "But don't take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God's ways had no idea of any of this, didn't know the first thing about the way God works, hadn't the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God's covenants and promises in Israel, hadn't a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ--dying that death, shedding that blood--you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything."

What is the takeaway message?

The song to me is all about taking that gift that God has given us, and we don't have to wait. We can enjoy it and celebrate it every day. That's what Christmas is all about. Jesus is the gift that will keep on giving all year around. As believers we celebrate Christmas because Jesus is our eternal hope who was born into the world. 

In thinking about my own life personally, my mood and my way of thinking and how I treat people can fluctuate based on how I feel, and I hate that. That's not who I want to be in Jesus as a parent, husband and believer. I wanted to have a song that is based on the fact that God gave us the gift of Jesus. This is for the church body to celebrate with a song that is fun. Hope has been born into the world, and that is what we celebrate and why we worship Him all year long. 

I was listening to a Tim Keller sermon where he said that your prayer life should be filled with joy, praise and adoration. That's exactly right. We can all pray "Lord, You are everything that I need." Without the birth of Jesus, we don't have the hope that came from the shedding of His blood. We need to be the church every day.

Lyrics:
Tell me why do we wait 364 days
To slow down and stop
Remember how blessed we are
So we're trading in the wish list
All the things we never needed
Let love fill up our hearts

All year we should remember 
Remember how blessed we are

We don't need lights, we don't need snow 
If we're got the faith then we've got the hope
Through the year we don't have to wait
Cause it's Christmas everyday
Can you hear the angels sing
Let the love in your heart be the gift you bring
And put a smile of someone's face
Now it's Christmas everyday

Oh oh oh, woah
Now it's Christmas everyday

From the hanging up the mistletoe, everything is so white 
Your neighborhood is like a snow globe and it feels so right
And when the winter wind blows outside it may be so cold 
But if you've got the love inside and maybe feel your soul glow

Now we're in the colder weather and the family is together
Gathering 'round the fire, caroling like a choir
If love's the gift we share
Then we don't need to care about the season cause we've always got a reason
To give ourselves a way
To give ourselves a way

Oh oh oh, woah (for the whole world)
Now it's Christmas everyday


This song has a great devotional message. Is there something special that you do at Christmastime that you could do throughout the year? Are you showing unconditional love to someone at Christmas that you could show another time of the year?  Biblically, we know that God calls us to look out for the "least of these." During this holy season, if we see someone who is hurting or needs comfort, it is our calling as Christ followers to show love. If we are aware of suffering in the world, we need to make an effort to reach out and help. 

The message of the song strips away the commercialism and secular celebration of this most blessed season, and instead focuses in on the ultimate gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This song is a great way to thank Jesus for our undeserved gift of grace. Grace is freely given and isn't something we can earn by our good works. It is a gift from God by faith in Christ Jesus. The gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ started at Christmas and continues until we see Him face to face. To celebrate the gift of grace this Christmas and all year, remember "to slow down and stop, remember how blessed we are."

The ultimate gift of Christmas is that "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin." That's cause for true community among God's sons and daughters and true fellowship with Him and one another. Jesus wants to give you Himself this Christmas and share in His light of life, and not walk in darkness. This Christmas, we can all think about what God's purpose is for our lives, finding room in our schedules for what really matters. That's how our King and Savior Jesus would like us to celebrate His birth. Live out the words of the song: "All year we should remember how blessed we are, through the year we don't have to wait, let the love in your heart be the gift you bring, put a smile on someone's face, now it's Christmas every day!" Amen to that!

Listen to the song below.
 


 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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