Silent Night is one of my most favorite songs that is sung this time of year. Of course we could sing this song year round but in our culture people use this time of year to remember the birth of Jesus and celebrate the fact that He was born. For that I am thankful. Some may ask me, “Alex, do you believe Jesus was born on December 25th?” The answer is, “No I do not because it just does not make logical or historical sense.” However, He was born and it does make sense for us to talk about it as a significant holy event in the history of man.
Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Did you notice the phrase “when the fullness of time came”? This phrase would remind us of why the silent night would be a holy night.
Christ came into this world as a baby boy at just the right time. Romans 5:6 says. “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” All of human history was leading up to this point for the God man to be born and live and die for all the ungodly. All humans in the future should look back to this moment in time as a major significant part of our existence. If we are not willing to see the importance of Jesus’ birth then we are denying the power in the God who became flesh. John 1:14says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I don’t celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th. But I do take advantage of this time of year when everyone else is talking and remembering this major, historical, and holy night when Christ was born to also reflect and remember the birth of my Savior.
People who are hard headed and get their feathers all ruffled about when Christ was born and if and when we should celebrate it have missed the whole point. I don’t care WHEN Christ was born as much as I care that He WAS born. For that, I am thankful and I praise Him all year, every day, with every breath that comes in and out of my body. I love Him so much because He loves me enough that over 2,000 years ago He was born and lived and died, so that I can be born again, live for Him, and never to spiritually die, but live on in the eternal home He has prepared for me.
Silent Night
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child!
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born!
Silent night! holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!
I love you,