by: Marc Minerella
A THRILL OF HOPE IN 2020
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.” — Luke 2:10-11 MSG
The Christmas song “O Holy Night” originated in France during the mid-1800s, and it’s been beloved for more than a century. It’s a powerful song and one of my favorites, but there are a couple of lines that give a clear picture of just how amazing and needed Jesus’ birth was.
First, the song describes the world’s state, saying,
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
Then it gives words to Christ’s impact:
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Til He appeared all was dark and hopeless. Truly the people were stumbling in the darkness of life and needed to see a great light. How easy it is to forget the hopelessness and weariness the world must have felt before our Savior’s birth. Do you feel a thrill of hope when thinking of all Jesus sacrificed when He came to earth as a baby, or has it become something you take for granted and have been caught up with all the hype and commercialism ? With Jesus’ birth came “a new and glorious morn.”
“The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but a baby, and before that a fetus in a woman’s body.” – C.S. Lewis