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O Night Divine

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, ‘Til 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! O hear the angels’ voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night divine.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. – Romans 8:22. All of creation groans because of sin. Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and because we are all descendants of Adam and Eve we are born with a sin nature. All of creation had been groaning under sin for some 4,000 years when Jesus was born on earth. Jesus Christ came to earth to pay the price for our sins so we could be redeemed. Jesus is the “thrill of hope” that makes the “weary world rejoice”!

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,” – Philippians 2:5-6.
In every way Jesus Christ was and is God.  Jesus Christ was and is equal with God.  It was and is His rightful claim, but Jesus did not cling to His equality with God.

“but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”  – Philippians 2:7. Jesus took upon Himself human nature. Jesus added humanity to His deity. From the moment Jesus was born; He remained both God and man.
This is the incarnation – Jesus being fully man yet fully God.
Incarnation…In Carne (In Flesh).
Jesus is Emmanuel … God with us.
Even though the Lord Jesus laid aside all of His glory and took on the form of a servant and came as a man, He never, never ceased to be God.
Jesus was not part human and part holy. His deity was not humanized and His humanity was not deified.
Jesus was fully God and fully man throughout His earthly life.

“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8.
Jesus left heaven and came to earth not only to live among us but to die for us. He was born to die so that we might live!
Jesus was in heaven – That is God for us.
Jesus came to earth to be Emmanuel – That is God with us.
Jesus died on the cross – That is God as us.
And if we believe – that is God in us.
Jesus did not become a man so He could live. Jesus became a man so He could die so we could live! He paid the debt we cannot pay and a debt He did not owe. Jesus experienced the pain of death and the wrath of God so that we would not have to. 

“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11
Everyone and everything will one day accept Jesus’ Lordship as the Christ.
Every knee above us in heaven.
Every knee around us on earth.
Every knee under us in hell.
Everyone and everything will accept His Lordship.

There will be an acclamation, a sounding forth to the glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Christians, the purpose of our life is to bring glory to God the Father and the way that glory is brought to God is when we acclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings.

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!

Chorus
Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!

Christmas night was a holy night because on that night the only One in the entire universe who could save us, Jesus Christ the Lord, was born.

O Night Divine


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