O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and e’er pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine
These are the lyrics from the song O Holy night, which has to be my all time favorite Christmas carol. Whenever I hear or sing this song, I am so moved by its words and the power of the song that I am often brought to tears. What is it that is so moving about this song?
For me, when I hear this song I can close my eyes and I am transported back to that starry night thousands of years ago when Jesus was born. I can envision the heavenly angles gathering around for this momentous occasion and I can feel the anticipation in the air as the earth draws in her breath as the king of the world is brought forth.
I fall to my knees to behold my king and I can hear the angel’s voices. The angels begin to cry out, the sound of heaven rejoicing is a sound like no other.
For the angles knew the gravity of this night, of this moment in history and they had been waiting. They had seen the weary world and knew how Father God grieved for His beloved people. But God had sent His only son to earth and He had finally arrived. Jesus had arrived.
You see the angels rejoiced not just for the baby who was before them but they were rejoicing for they knew that great things were to come. They knew that this baby, our beautiful Jesus would one day walk on water. That He would give sight to a blind man and calm the storm with His hand. That He would mend broken hearts, that He would make all things new, He would rebuild out of the ruins a people of hope.
They knew that this little Baby Boy was the Lord of all creation and would one day rule the nations. That the baby Boy was heavens perfect Lamb, He was the Great, I Am. The one that they had been waiting for.
Today, in the here and now we fall to our knees, we are so moved to tears, our hearts are so full to overflowing for the man we know as Jesus. That He is more then that precious babe in a manger but that He is our Savior, our King, and our friend. He is my Jesus.
Chains shall He break and in His name all oppression shall cease. Jesus came to set us free. Anything that is holding you down right now, He came to take that from you so that you could live in His love and His freedom.
Jesus came to teach us about love. Not only did He come to teach but also He came to show us. He loves us unconditionally, His love never runs out and His love is for everybody.
He is the prince of peace. He gives us His supernatural peace, peace that surpasses all understanding.
He came to draw us back to the Father. To restore us to our rightful place as Sons and Daughters of the King. He gave us back our inheritance and this is why we join in with the angels and rejoice. We cry out and behold our King, our Jesus.
And that is why I am so moved to tears.
This is the Jesus I want everybody to know and fall in love with. He began in this world as that baby boy in the manger but He becomes the man Jesus who loves, saves, redeems, and forgives. He came to this earth for me and He came to this earth for you.
This is the Jesus I want the world to know.