Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.
How silent do you really think it was the night Jesus was born?* Caesar Augustus had ordered a census for the entire Roman Empire. I'm thinking that Joseph and Mary weren't the only ones who were visiting Bethlehem that night. After all, there was no room for them at the inn, right? No Vacancy. A little town like that was probably bursting at seams with out of town guests. No, it's not likely it was silent.
But it was no ordinary night.
Shepherds trembled in fear, out in the hills keeping watch over their sheep, when the angel of the Lord appeared to them. And then a "multitude of heavenly hosts" appeared and broke out in song, announcing the greatest news to have ever been told. Christ the Savior is born!
No, a silent night it was not.
*I love when someone really inspires me to think or consider something in a different way than I had previously looked at it. This was my resulting line of thinking after today's sermon.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 says-
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord , when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
What areas of your life are you waiting and anticipating God’s presence?