On That Silent Night
On That Silent Night:
"Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" (1 Chronicles 16:29)
Christmas, truly the most divinely dazzling time of year. I just love everything about Christmas, but my favourite part about Christmas is Christ. Each and every time I begin to think about how He, Jesus, humbled Himself to the mire of a manger birth, I'm completely awestruck. This humble King, He is my Lord, the God who crafted the ornate stars - even those that scattered Bethlehem's sky on that Silent Night. This Divine Saviour entered into the arena of our suffering as a baby boy wrapped in swaddling cloth.
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)
This is the Lord who lowered Himself to a servant's position, so that He could not only wash the dirt off disciple feet, but also wash the shame off shattered souls. Jesus came to provide the sacrifice that redeemed our filthy hearts. Now we're made pure, spotless as the glittering blankets of snow on a white Christmas.
"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds." (1 Peter 2:24)
"“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
Every detail of this holiday can and should bring glory and remembrance to the true reason, which is found in Christ the Messiah. As we enter into this Christmas season, let us not forget the truly wondrous origin of all the beauty, all the glamour, and all the heartwarming cheer. Jesus came and He fulfilled all God's promises of old. Redemption, reconciliation, freedom, unending mercy...
He swept us up out of our grime and into His glorious grace, and it all began on that Silent Night in the unpretentious little town of Bethlehem.
-The Introverted Evangelist