Wednesday, December 23, 2009
"Silent Night, Holy Night"
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt
call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Upon this Christmas Eve, with all the excitement,
take some time to draw away and visit that night two thousand years
ago. Mary and Joseph, having been turned away from the basic
comforts, were reduced to lodging in that sheep cave. The young
virgin mother was in labor and giving birth. The silence of that night
was broken with the pain of childbearing. Of course, that was a result
of the fall of man according to Gen. 3:16. For Mary, it was
bringing forth the Man of Sorrows in a night of sorrow, but He would
break that curse for all those that believe! Yet, this night was only
another moment of suffering in the thousands of years of troubles
leading up to it. How the devil had tormented the people of God
in attempts to thwart the Saviour’s birth. Think back on the sufferings
of Israel, as they went from captivity to captivity, sorrow to sorrow,
because they were the chosen of God. The birth of Christ was preceded
by millenniums of heartache.
Christmas Eve has always been a quiet evening for me. It has always
been filled with anticipation, and with the feeling that all the hustle
and bustle, planning and running is over, and Christmas morning is
finally about to dawn! In the morning, delight, laughing, hugs and
thanksgiving will fill the air. But Christmas Eve is quiet and still.
For a few hours there is a lull between the fast pace of preparation
and the joy of tomorrow.
As Mary wrapped the Baby in swaddling clothes and laid Him in the
manger, a stillness and quietness filled that place. All the turmoil
leading to this night was now over, and there would be joy in the days
following because of this Gift of God to mankind. Please meditate on
the great cost that has been paid by many for our Saviour to be born
that night. Thank God for the faithfulness of the remnant of Israel and
for the Son of
God who was born to die!
Study verses: Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:17-25; Habakkuk 3; Psalms 105 and 106
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