I’ve been singing O Holy Night since I was a child and it is one of those songs that has the power in melody and lyric to still chill my spine, sweat my palms, and take my breath away. Undoubtedly I’m not alone. Now if this timeless song can effect emotions and blood pressure some 2,000 plus years after the fact, can you imagine the dry mouths and spiked heart palpatations of those who were actually present that “night of the dear Savior’s birth”; the night when the world was introduced to JESUS?
There will never be another night like “that “ night . It was unprecedented; perfectly designed and perfectly fulfilled in every detail. It was an ordinary night that became holy because of the only one who was, is, and will always be holy; without fault; set apart; righteous through and through; God with skin; JESUS.
We live in a world that still struggles with sin and error, still stumbles in weakness and oppression, and still searches for true peace and love.
O Holy Night is poetically crying out, “Stop struggling! Stop stumbling! Stop searching!”
The “Holy One” has demolished sin, meets us at our greatest point of need, and teaches us how to live in true peace and love.
The “thrill of hope” is not only a historical fact but a daily reality for anyone who has declared “Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever”…and His Name is JESUS.
My resolve this year is a lofty one. I desire that every word from my mouth, every thought in my head, and every action from my entire body would be a “grateful chorus” of praise and obedience to the One who has broken the chains of an unholy world and touched me with His holiness; to the One who grew from a lowly manger to be my King of Kings and my Suffering Savior…JESUS.
When I think of my sinful condition and His sacrificial intervention, I am deeply humbled. How can I offer any less to JESUS
When I think of that “Holy Night” I think of one of the most stirring and humbling movies I have ever seen, Amazing Grace. It’s the true story of William Wilberforce’s stand off with the British Parliament regarding the abolition of slave trade. One of the most gripping scenes in the movie was during a conversation between Wilberforce and the nearly blind former slave trader turned minister, John Newton. As Wilberforce considered the monumental mountain before him, Newton spoke some poignant words to his young friend to help him maintain a heavenly perspective on a seemingly impossible earthly task.
The lyricist of that beloved old hymn, Amazing Grace, told Wilberforce, “Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly. I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior!”
O Holy Night directs us beyond where “the stars (were) brightly shining” to a grusome rockface called “the skull” upon which a tree of death was placed. Our great sin should have hung us on that rugged cross but instead it was willingly occupied by a great, holy substitute, JESUS.
“O night divine” and its victorious completion, some thirty-three years later, have made it possible for me to enjoy a life divine. I sure hope you are enjoying it as well.
Wow, will you look at that…sweaty palms. Thank you JESUS.
“His power and glory evermore proclaim!”
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom HIs favor rests.” Luke 2:14