By Aiden Willis
During a season of busyness and constant parties it can be easy for us to forget the holiness of Christ. We often tend to forget to mention Jesus, even in our songs. But, praise the Lord for Christmas hymns that help stir our affections back to Christ. “Oh Holy Night” is a song we all grew up singing in Sunday schools, Christmas Eve services, and in our homes. For me, it honestly was merely another song in rotation during the Christmas season; until I started to understand the true meaning of advent. The hope that advent brings is far more radical than what our passive hearts can imagine and “Oh Holy Night” helps points are heart to the right place.
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
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels' voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine
I remember the first time I heard the word advent, it was right after I truly came to know Christ. Advent is a time and waiting and expectation, an expectation of the coming Messiah. The coming Messiah would erase our sin, be our ultimate atonement, and his death now brings us peace with God. This coming Messiah would walk with the weak and love the Gentiles. He would heal the sick and wash, what would seem to be the greatest of sinners feet. This coming Messiah was simply divine. Our Messiah, Jesus Christ, was and is the Savior of the world. Because of these truths, our hearts should now be stirred to be in awe of Jesus and so grateful for that divine night. The night that would give us a Savior that reconciled us back to God and will ultimately come back for us.
God, we thank you so much for loving us so much that you would send your son to reconcile us back to yourself. We praise you for that Holy night, in which a baby was born. He praise you for the hope we now have because of Jesus. The hope that one day we will spend the rest of eternity with you. God thank you so much for your son.