As Christmas approaches and my thoughts draw closer and closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I focus more on the words of the songs. Take for example the song, O Holy Night, words written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1877. Aldophe Charles Adams wrote the music and it was later translated in to English by John Sullivan Dwight. As I listen, I picture that night in Bethlehem and Mary holding her baby. What awe and wonder filled the night. It wasn't just for Mary amd Joseph. Everyone who came in contact with the young couple and those visited by the angels, were in in awe and wonder that night: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds. Who was this baby? Was this really the promised Messiah? How would this baby save the world?
Years later, Jesus would tell the disciples, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 (NIV)
We don't understand it all. We probably never will unless God chooses to reveal it all to us in the end times. But do we really need to know it all? I don't. What I do know : God loves me. He loves you. He desires a personal relationship with each and everyone of us. He gave himself up for me, for you, so that we all can live with Him triumphantly and victoriously forever and ever.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15: 12-14 (NIV)
He's our friend. He's always with us. He desires and waits for us to choose Him.
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:19-21 (NIV)
“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born; “
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
O Holy Night sung by Martina McBride