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It really was a Holy Night

Consider the words of this beautiful Christmas song. It indeed was a “Holy Night.” God became a man. Jesus, the creator of the world would come as a baby to be the Savior of the world. When the world was utterly lost and was sinking in the mud of its rebellion (“in sin and error pining”), God came to bring peace (“he appeared”) through that baby (“a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices”). Why? That baby would grow to be a man and die on a cross for our sin and rebellion some 33 years later. In Jesus there is hope for eternity. Jesus has come bringing freedom from the chains of sin and peace with God. As the song says, “His law is love and His gospel is peace…And in His name all oppression shall cease.”

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 appear’d 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
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend.

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

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