Wednesday, December 7, 2011

That Holy Night!

After reading Luke 2, the unbelieving author, captured the birth of Jesus in verse to become one of the most performed Christmas songs ever.  The poem boasts a timely message full of hope.  

Frankly, this time of year it seems like hope is needed most.   It's needed more than another tie that Dad doesn't wear, a toy that will break in less than 30 minutes or one more chia pet.  To say that we need hope is an understatement.  

We need the world to see that Jesus is hope.  

This holiday season can be a rough one for some.  It will be a year that many will celebrate without a loved one, a job, a child, a house, a spouse.  Cancer slaps, sin steals, and hearts will run away.  The combinations of concerns are endless.  So when I see these lyrics, it's like a balm to our hurting souls...

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
A new day with Christ brings us exactly what we need
Brings us the hope to keep going

The author knew weary.  He probably lived a problem laden life himself.  Who doesn't?  But he knew enough to know that the Savior was predicted to be the long awaited king for the Jews.  At the time Jesus was born, they were looking for someone to save them politically, so a new king born was a huge deal.  At last.....freedom was on the horizon.  The prospect of new life was refreshing and new.  On this day, the Son-rise would bring hope and peace.  This new king would break the chains of bondage to bring glorious change.  This kind of news would cause his world to shout and sing! Like a new day as sun peeks over the landscape, hope was born and peeked from under the swaddle.  

Lamentations 3:20 - 23:  
"I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, 
for his compassion never fails.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; 
therefore I will wait for him.  
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, 
to the one who seeks him;
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."

So how can this song bring the hope you desperately need?  Grab a hold of the knowledge that God is in tomorrow already taking care of your situations and details.  He brings His strength His reality, power, love, forgiveness to each one.  He brings us the thrill of hope, faith and the belief that a new start is coming right in the middle of your chaos, in the middle of your darkness.  

We can't grab hold of the lies of the enemy who wants us to believe there are no answers to your problems, or that you are alone and that God doesn't care.  God brings the help and hope that you are seeking, so wait quietly for the Lord.  Don't give up!  Each and every day with Christ brings....

The Everything you need.

The Hope to keep going.

The Help you are seeking.

The words that weaved our hearts into the stable scene came from a man who did not view the baby as the son of God.  He recorded about a day he didn't celebrate.  Which brings up this reason we celebrate, we can know Jesus is the reason for this season, and we can participate in the full celebrations with happy carols, but in your heart do you really YOU KNOW him as your Lord and Savior, the holy One that was born on that O Holy Night?   

Don't give up hope.  Don't let this day pass without knowing Him, don't let this month pass without knowing Jesus.  Don't let this darkness overwhelm you without knowing him as the risen Savior.  Don't let this season pass with accepting the Hope that is Jesus Christ!
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