Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oh Holy Night

I know that a lot of us get disillusioned when we see Christmas lights and trees going up as soon as October 31st is over.  It is the commercialization of Christmas that disappoints me, and it seems to be a prevailing attitude in our ever more materialistic society. 

However, this year, I am looking forward to the lights and the music so much I thought about putting up our tree today! My wife vetoed that idea, and I will be content to wait at least until after Thanksgiving!

I happened to be on Facebook today and was introduced to an inspiring video of a music group called "Journey of Faith" as they performed a Christmas "Flash Mob" at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach.  You can watch the video here: 

One of the songs they sang was "Oh Holy Night," ("Cantique de Noël").  This song has a rich history, and was the first song ever broadcast over American radio!

One of the lines in particular stood out to me and inspired me:

 "Til He appeared and the soul felts its worth." 

Jesus Christ is the One who gives worth to each and every soul on earth.  Every human being is born in the image of God and therefore has intrinsic worth and value.  

It is truly only when someone comes to faith in Christ that they truly understand that value.

Jesus laid down His life freely to restore the relationship between God and humanity.  His death brought dignity and value to every human life. 

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 4:10

The fact that God loves you and chose to send His Son Jesus to take your place as a sacrifice for sin, makes you extremely valuable! Feel your worth today!

I hope that I can keep that song in focus this year amid all the hype about Black Friday deals, and a constant barrage of commercials from Madison Avenue.

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 appear'd 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 divine, O night, O night Divine.

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 come 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, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

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 the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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