[CF Devotionals] 2013-12-19 - O Holy Night

Verse 2

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From the perspective of the shepherds the story continues. They left their flocks and searched for the child the angels had announced. The Messiah had come! Not as the conquering king many expected, but as a baby boy. Maybe this is why the announcement did not come to the political or the religious leaders of the day. They might have simply dismissed it as not the way it is suppose to happen. The shepherds left joyfully to find Jesus sleeping in a manger.

The star announced the birth of the King of Kings as it was prophesied in the Old Testiment. It is likely that Daniel's lasting impact left the royal court wisemen with information about this event. It was not realized in Israel by God's design. After 18 months to two years of travel the caravan arrived. There were probably closer to 100 people or more in the group. Travel across the open wilderness between Persia and Israel would be very dangerous.

The wisemen would have found Jesus' family at home in Bethlehem more than a year after Jesus' birth. To the surprise of His parents and possibly to the astonishment of the neighbors these travelers offered royal gifts. As they did they bowed in their regal robes and worshiped the child.

"In all our trials ...", He was born just the way you and I were born. Joseph had to help Mary. They were away from home and their would be no family to assist with the birth. The difference was that there was no human father. This was God's own son. Not to sell Joseph short as the appointed step-father who loved Jesus' mother greatly and their new son. Taking on our mortal flesh Jesus would know what it is like to be tired, hungry and cold. He understands all of the things we go through in this life. When we speak to Him He understands exactly what we are saying.

This is our King. In a world where kingdoms are out of style and hard for us to understand, we who name Christ as Savior are part of His kingdom. When we worship this king He has walked in our shoes. He has taken our punishment upon Himself to rescue us because He loves us that much. How easy it should be to bow our hearts and heads and send praise, love and thanks to Him.

Luke 1:68-69 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant—

O Holy Night
by Placide Cappeau & Adolphe Adam in 1847

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
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;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
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 he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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