Friday, December 10, 2021

Daily Devotion: O Holy Night

Bible Reading: John 13:31-38 

Key Verse: Verse 34 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Key Words: That ye love one another

“O Holy Night” was written in 1847 by Placide Clappean, the mayor of Roquemaure, France.  Clappean wrote poems for his own enjoyment.

The song goes “led by the light of faith severely burning” so led by the light of a star sweetly gleaming, here came the wise men from Orient land.  Did you know that, using only your eyes, you can see about two thousand stars on a clear, dark night?  Among all the stars, all the attractions of the holiday season look for the stars of faith.  If you follow it, you’ll find “the King of kings lay thus in lowly manger, in all our trials born to be our friend!” 

Christ’s gospel is ruled by a single, new commandment “That ye love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34).  So the final verse to “O Holy Night” begins: “Truly He taught us to love one another.”

In what way did Jesus teach us to love one another?  Was it enough for Him to simply say it?  To command it?  “Thou shalt love one another.”  No, this is not what He did.  He taught by example, and His birth is the world’s first lesson in love.  The Gospel of John explains, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).


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!
Oh night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

What to do:
✞ Truly we should love one another.

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