O Holy Night

Music HighwayAs I mentioned in last year’s post, with the same title, O Holy Night, what makes anything holy – even time itself which is created by God – is God’s presence in it. Why? Because God is holy.

The Bible never mentions the evening portion of Christ’s day of birth as being holy. One example of time being holy was when God sanctified, set apart, the seventh day of creation as being holy. According to the book of Genesis, after six days of creation God took a break from reating and dedicated the seventh to rest in it. It was special for Him. He declared it holy becaused His presence was especially in it.

The topic of holiness is a huge topic. Some consider holiness a major doctrine of Christianity. Much has been written on this topic. I plan to look deeper into it in the upcoming year – as the Lord permits.

Let me therefore briefly list two features that make something or someone holy:

1)  God is in it and

2) God declares it or him to be holy.

Some examples of this are:

* The regions within and surrounding the city of Jerusalem is called the Holy Land (Zech 2:12).

* God’s chosen people are called a Holy nation and priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).

* Inside the temple and within the sanctuary was the Most Holy Place or “the holy of holies” (Hebrews 9:3 ).

Let me repeat, holiness acknowledges God’s presence within a person, place or thing because God is holy. A Christian is holy, not because of his actions per se which is supposed to make him holy. Instead, Christians are holy, in God’s sight, due to the process of justification and sanctification. Because we accept and believe Christ, we are righteous in God’s sight. It is Jesus Christ within us who makes us holy. It is the acceptance of His shed blood that makes us holy. It is God declaring us as his children that makes us holy.

I know I am walking a tightrope about this topic before many of you. What I have discussed revolves on the topic of law and grace. Again, I will study more on this and share my thoughts with you as God permits.

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Violins are considered to “sing” like a female soprano, whereas the cello—another stringed instrument—is widely equated with the male singing voice.

So, the fact that a song declares that there was a holy night due to the birth of Christ AND no Biblical date given, for example, “the first day of the seventh month”, indicates to me that we are to focus on Christ and not on a perennial time frame on a calendar. In other words, Christ very likely may have been born on a different evening than December 24.

After stating all this, the classic hymn, O Holy Night, continues to remain my favorite Christmas hymn. The night when Christ was born was indeed special and an exciting one for all of the heavenly hosts who then proclaimed the news to the shepherds in the field that evening.

Also please note: The angels did not go to Jerusalem to pronounce the birth of the King of kings. Instead, they only focused on Bethlehem proper about the events which occurred  which fulfilled the prophecy found in (Micah 5:2).

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Adolphe Adam
1803 – 1856

O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) 1847
composed by – Adolphe Adam
lyrics by poet – Placide Cappeau
poem – “Minuit, Chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians)
sung by – Celtic Woman
genre – Christmas Carol

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
Till He appeared
And the soul felt its worth

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Placide Cappeau
1808 – 1877

A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices

O night divine
O night when Christ was born

O night divine
O night
O night divine

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

Christ is the Lord
Forever let us praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine

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