“Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 (CSB)
During this time of Advent it is quite common for us to sing and play hymns that are only sung and read during this time of year. It is actually quite sad since most of these hymns speak of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For me many of these songs ring out all year long.
What I have found to be my favorite Christmas hymns is “O Holy Night!” Often we neglect to look at or sing the second and third verses which contain the ultimate message of Jesus. These verses explain to us His mission and our promised status. Please read, or sing them for yourself.
O Holy Night! (verse1) 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 error 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 angel voices O night divine O night when Christ was born O night, O holy night, O night divine (verse 2) Led by the light of faith serenely beaming With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here came the Wise Men from Orient land The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger In all our trials born to be our friend He knows our need to our weakness is not stranger Behold your King before Him lowly bend Behold your King before Him lowly bend (verse 3) 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 Lord o praise His name forever His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim
May we be able to recognize Jesus our Savior and God our Father in this season of celebration!