Luke 2:1, In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register. 4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
This week we have been looking behind the music of some of the greatest and most popular Christmas Carols of all time. Back in 1847, a young poet in a small French town was asked by the Parish Priest to pen a poem for Christmas Mass. The request of the Priest initially shocked the young poet who was known much more for his business dealings and poetry than his church attendance.
However, the young poet agreed to use his talents to pen a poem for Christmas Mass. He Read Luke 2 and tried to imagine himself witnessing the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem The thoughts of being present at the Birth of Jesus so inspired him that he wrote these words. Read them carefully:
Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appear’d 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, Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine-Oh night when Christ was born
Perhaps you are like that young poet and you are known a lot more for your business dealings or talents than for your church attendance. If that is so, I encourage you to Read Luke 2 and imagine your response had you been there that Bethlehem morning.
Think about it and have a Merry Christmas!