“O Holy Night” is a beloved Christmas hymn, a regular in the yearly Christmas carol lineup. The song’s nostalgia and beautiful tune make it a favorite for many. The song’s real beauty however, is in the lyrics that narrate the night that the infant Jesus was born, the most holy night.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to world as an infant. This child was the fulfillment of God’s promises to His people. Since sin entered the world and broke man’s right relationship with the Creator, God, out of His great love for us, promised to provide a way for His children to be redeemed and brought back to Him.
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR ASON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:21-23
That way back to Him was through His perfect Son, Jesus. That starry night saw the fulfillment of God’s promise with the entrance of our Savior.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth
The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Apart from Christ, the world is sinful and weary. My heart is evil and dark. We all search for something or someone to fill a void for something more. The world longs for, is pining for something better. Something that satisfies. Someone that won’t let us down. We want to find a reason to rejoice. But without Christ, we can’t understand joy. We can only understand weariness. But knowing Jesus changes everything.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
When we understand that God sent His perfect and holy Son to give us a way back to Him. We have an unwavering purpose. Our souls have found their worth! At this news, we rejoice! When we accept God’s gift of Jesus to forgive our sins, we are made new. It is a new and glorious day! The weariness and darkness of the world is now illuminated. WE HAVE HOPE.
Fall on your knees,
Oh, hear the angel voices
O night divine
This Christmas season, let us fall to our knees in reverence of what happened on that holy night. A perfect and promised Savior was given to us, God’s frail, sinful, beloved creation. We were given hope. We were given a chance to be restored to our loving Father through Jesus Christ. There is no better reason to rejoice this holiday!
Director of Spiritual Development / Central Church