Silent Night! Holy Night!
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. (Titus 2:11-15)
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-28)
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”?
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
his servants flames of fire.”
8 But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,
and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (Hebrews 1:5-9)
Silent Night! Holy Night! is a simple hymn with a profound message. The Creator of the Universe, Ancient of Days, the Holy One of Israel voluntarily took on human flesh with all the limitations it required to save humanity. In order to understand the miracle of this truth, we must begin by making it abundantly clear that Jesus is God. He has two natures — fully human and (at the same time) fully divine.
The all-powerful God voluntarily became a baby in a human womb. The One with all power and authority became completely powerless — helpless. God became man.
For today, simply consider how incredible it is that God took on human flesh. Ponder that today. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand just how miraculous that is. Then thank him for invading humanity to rescue us.