The Angels Sing - Part 3 [Devo]

Going Deeper with the Message | The Angels Sing – Part 3
O Holy Night


O Holy Night, a night set apart for sacred use. That is what we see in so many Christmas cards. The artists are giving their vision of what that night must have looked like. You know the cards: a beautiful, clear sky with stars sparkling and a silhouette of a stable with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus nestled in for the night. It is a beautiful sight.

The Christmas carol “O Holy Night” creates that image in our minds.

“O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.”    

The next line speaks to what is in the heart of man. Mankind's condition of sin has been present since Adam and Eve. It seemed hopeless then, as it often does now.

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining.”

We are “pining” — suffering a mental and physical decline — because of our broken relationship with God. My heart aches as God shows me areas in my life that I must surrender to Him. This sinful world is always in chaos, and it seems hopeless. But that is just the beginning of the search for hope.

“Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

HOPE! It was on that Holy Night that God gave hope to the hopeless in Jesus. He came as a baby, fully dependent on parents to care for Him, to teach Him what it means to be loved and cared for.

Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.”

Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. Our need for this one true Savior has been present since sin entered the world. Christ alone is worthy of our trust!
 
The fulfillment of God’s promises takes faith to believe. The question we must ask ourselves is,  “Am I ready to trust that God sent His Son Jesus to save me from my sins?” God sent His Son! He would be the Messiah. He would be named Jesus because he came to save us from our sins. He would be called “Immanuel.” It is wonderful to be able to say: I trust in Christ. He is my Savior. Jesus takes away my sin. I am His on this Holy Night.
Author: Barb Barnhart, Preschool Coordinator