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O Holy Night

on December 12, 2011

At this point in the year one can no longer deny that Christmas is around the corner.  You may ask, why would one wish to deny Christmas.  Sadly the answer is because in this world of stuff, Christmas has become just a day of getting more stuff.  The reality is that no where in Scripture tells us to celebrate Christ’s birth.  Do not get me wrong, I’m not saying Christmas is a bad thing.  The fact is Christ had to be born in order to die and to die in order to raise from the dead. So yes, his birth is significant.  The Word became flesh.  He made himself nothing…being born in the likeness of man.  It’s actually a pretty big deal.  However, let’s be honest, this is no longer even a part of the reason we celebrate Christmas or as I like to call it Christ-must.  Maybe if that were it’s title we’d have a little more reverence for reflecting upon his sacrifice on that day.

Ok, so you get how I feel about that.  I was listening to carols and I was so moved because they are so deep.  It’s crazy how we so often sing them in vain completely unaware of the depth of their content.  Allow me to use O HOLY NIGHT verse one as just one example:

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, 

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.  

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

I challenge you to focus on Jesus this Christmas.  Really stop for a while and consider what he came to do and why he had to come in the first place.  This should be a time of innner reflection and conviction.  Our King, our God, our Savior left his throne to take on the form of a servant and show to us true obedience to his Father, right to the point of death.  Do you love Jesus? Do you honor him? Is he the man, Lord over ALL your life?  He should be because he gave his own life in order to give us ours.  Christmas is not about stuff.  Try to remember that this season.

 

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