Tuesday, December 22, 2015

O Holy Night!

This world has witnessed many nights since it was created by God. Many of these nights passed without anything remarkable taking place. Others saw profound changes in history take place.

On April 14, 1865 America went to bed thankful that the long, bloody war between the states was finally over. America awoke the next morning to discover that President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. On December 6, 1941 America went to bed watching war spread across Asia and Europe and thankful that, for the time being, America was being left out of the conflict. They awoke the next morning to news of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and to the awareness that avoiding war was no longer a possibility.

On June 5, 1944 the world went to bed wondering when Adolph Hitler and Nazi armies would be defeated and the people of Europe delivered from his iron grip. The world awoke the next day to the news of the Allied invasion at Normandy on D-day.

The nights I just mentioned brought radical change to the world. Other nights have brought incredible circumstances to pass, and the world failed to notice. On such a night is the one portrayed next. The night Jesus Christ was born was an ordinary night from a human standpoint. The shepherds are watching their sheep. The people in the villages and towns of Israel sleep off the weariness of another long, hard day. In Jerusalem, the High Priest and the other men of religious power sleep as though it was any other night. King Herod has no idea that his kingdom has been invaded, and that a new King is about to be revealed. The world over, people drifted off to sleep not knowing that God was transacting eternal business in their very midst. They did not know that a Savior was being born in Bethlehem.

The night Jesus was born had all the appearances of being just another common, ordinary night. Yet, the events that occurred that night reveal it to be unlike any other night in human history. One night, long, long ago, God moved heaven and earth to provide a Savior. Miracle after miracle took place in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Every single miracle was for you. Everything God did was so that you might have a Savior! Have you received Jesus as your Savior? Have you unwrapped Heaven’s greatest gift? Are you saved? Would you like to be? If you need to make some things right with God, you can do that today? Why not ask Him into your heart today and make this Christmas the best Christmas ever! Merry Christmas!