My favourite Christmas carol used to be ‘In the bleak mid winter’ Now it’s ‘O Holy night’ (& apparently it’s the most popular favourite carol in the UK)
It seems a shame that carols are confined to December.It’s a pity to pack them away with the decorations till next year, since there’s such deep truth contained in them:
‘O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.’
I’ve sang this carol many times, but I’ve never really noticed this line before:
‘Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.’
The soul felt its worth.
Our soul is our spiritual, immortal essence, our God-made core, sealed with His image.
God formed us:
‘The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.’
(Psalms 33:13-15 NLT)
God placed eternity within us:
‘Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.’
(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)
At exactly the right moment, during that Holy Night,
‘when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.’
(Galatians 4:4-5 ESV)
The Christmas story is part of God’s Grand Plan, conceived in eternity past- to redeem our souls.
What is your soul worth? What lengths & depths did your Creator God go to reach you?
Our Eternal God Almighty became a helpless baby.
He left the dazzling glory of heaven to be born into squalor.
He stepped out of the realms of eternity to enter the confines of time.
He lived & bled & died…. for our souls.
As Max Lucado wrote, ‘God did something extraordinary. Stepping from the throne, he removed his robe of light & clothed himself in skin’
That same Yahweh God ‘the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it’ (Isaiah 42:5) entered our world as one of us.
The baby in the manger is God the Son:
‘He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.’
(Hebrews 1:3 ESV)
‘He came to us that we might come to Him’ wrote Deitrich Bonhoeffer
This is the good news proclaimed by angels that will cause great joy for all people (Luke2)
‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’
(Luke 19:10 ESV)
‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’
(John 3:17 NIV)
‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?’
(Matthew 16:26 ESV)
‘How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?’
(Hebrews 2:3 ESV)
Billy Graham writes about our soul’s worth in ‘The Value of your Soul‘
He also wrote:
‘God does not change-
And neither does His love.
He loved you before you were born..
He loves you now…
And He will love you forever’
Can you feel your worth?
Can you sense this great hope?
Will you respond in worship?
‘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‘
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