Carols Part 1: O Holy Night
“O Holy Night” was written in the Mid 1800s. A parish priest asked a man name Placide Cappeau to write a poem for Luke chapter 2. Placide was not a christian, he was a wine maker, and was known to be a hell raiser. But he was a good poet. He asked his friend, who also was not a christian, to put the poem to music—the song became instantly popular.
In 1906 a 33 yr old university professor, Reginald Fessenten, did what was thought to be impossible. He broadcast the very first AM radio signal. This was on Christmas day and he read Luke 2:1, read the Christmas story, and then played on his violin “O Holy Night.” It was the first song to be broadcast across airwaves in the history of the world.
Luke 2:1 (NIV) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
I want to pick one line of this song:
“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
One word captures the mood of most . . . weary. But in this weary world there is a thrill of hope . . . Jesus. It’s Jesus who allows the weary world to rejoice.
Lamentations 3:20-26 (NIV) I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
A new day with Christ changes everything.
A NEW DAY WITH CHRIST BRINGS
1) Exactly what you need.
Lamentations 3:24 (NIV) I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
“Portion” likely refers back to when the children of Israel were wondering in the desert and God provided to them a daily portion of heavenly manna.
- God gave them what they needed for that day.
- If they tried to hoard food the extra would rot.
- God was teaching, “You need Me every day.“
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.”
2) The hope to keep going.
God is the trill of hope in a weary world. Our God is all about doing the impossible!
Lamentations 3:25 (NIV) The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
But too often we put our hope in the wrong things: the stock market, our company, that relationship, etc. When we put our hope in the wrong places we become hopeless—a weary world.
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Let go of hope—hold onto fears. Let go of fears, hold on to hope. Hold on to the One whose love casts out all fear.
3) The help you’re seeking.
Lamentations 3:26 (NIV) . . . it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
It’s amazing the difference one day with Christ can make!
- Lazarus dead for 4 days—Jesus raised him from the dead.
- Woman with an issue of blood for 12 years—healed.
- 38 year old man—healed at pool of Bethesda
The author of hymn knew the story about Jesus—but didn’t know Jesus.