The Night the World Changed

O 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 appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul 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, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
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! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

“O Holy Night,” such a beloved Christmas carol that many all over the world sing during this time of year and personally my favorite, was written by a French man, Placide Cappeau. Cappeau was a merchant of wines, but was also quite the poet. Soon before Christmas time, a local Catholic priest summoned him to write a poem for the Christmas celebrations, which were fast-approaching. Cappeau wasn’t a part of the Catholic church, or any church for that matter; he was said to be an atheist, who did not know much of Jesus’ story. But he had a job to do. So he went to the gospel written according to Luke and imagined himself being there on that holy night. Cappeau nailed it with the words he wrote in his poem originally titled, “Cantique de Noel”. Somehow he was able to come up with the perfect words to relay the story of Jesus’ birth to this world and to even summarize Jesus’ message. I am thankful for Cappeau. The words he wrote have left me, many times, in awe of my Savior. Though Cappeau may not have known Jesus personally, the Word of God, which was the source, did not turn back void.

Take some time today to think on this: Jesus Christ, the King, our King, came down to this earth as a baby. Yes, ’tis the reason for the Christmas season. Baby Jesus is what Christmas is all about. But really, slow down and think about this. Jesus Christ, the King, came down to this earth as a baby. Y’all. A baby is nothing but weak and dependent. Definitely not the qualities of God. But to express His great love for us, He did what it took to be just what we need. The night the King was born was a night the world would never be able to forget. The night the King was born was a night that would remain in our hearts for years and years and years to come. That night was a holy night. That night was the night the world changed.

‘Tis the season our souls are reminded of the hope, which entered the world that day long ago through the Lord Jesus Christ. He was born to die. For you. For me. Jesus Christ was born to defeat death and save. And oh, what a Savior He is!

As we behold this Savior who came for us, let us, just as the magi did, fall to the ground and worship Him who is worthy, bringing Him all that we have.

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. | Matthew 2:11

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