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O Holy Night
by Mark Perkins, elder on December 26th, 2012

Given the season, our local Christian radio station has been playing a variety of Christmas songs.  Some are oldies such as White Christmas and Frosty The Snowman, but one Christ-centered songs caught my attention and reminded me once again of the good news of Jesus’ birth. Most of you are familiar with the words of “Oh Holy Night”, but let me encourage you to review the beautiful lyrics of this song that remind us that Christ is still the central focus of Christmas…

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till 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
Oh hear the angel voices
O night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

For me this song captures the essence of the gospel message about the coming Savior announced by the angel in Luke 2:10-11,

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Jesus Christ is God the Son, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross as the redemption from sin for all who repent and place their faith in Him as Savior.  The sinless life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides the only basis for our salvation and is the source of hope sung about in this beautiful Christmas song.  As we enjoy this Christmas season with our loved ones, may our hearts be filled with love and adoration for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take a few moments and listen to a beautiful rendition of O Holy Night performed by the Christian group Point of Grace by selecting the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpxrK5ItgG0


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