Monday, December 16, 2013

Silent Night

What happens when kings and queens make an entrance?

This is what usually comes to my mind:

"dun dun dun-dun!" [What is the onomatopoeia for trumpet noises?]

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And of course in Disney's classic way, an elephant and fleet of trumpet playing monkeys never hurts anything.

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However, when the Savior was born He didn't have any of this earthly fanfare.

Written in 1818 by assistant pastor, Joseph Mohr, this song explains the beautiful happenings of that first Christmas.

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace;
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior, is born!

Isn't it interesting that of all the entrances the Savior could have chosen to celebrate the beginning of His divine mission, He chose a peaceful night of Angels singing and poor shepherds visiting rather than the praises of worldly Kings and the luxuries of earthly goods? Truly, our Savior is the supreme example of "laying up treasure in heaven". (Matthew 6:20) 

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The Savior didn't come to earth to win the approval of men. It is important that we, too seek for the approval of Heavenly Father rather than that of the world. Yes, grand entrances with trumpets and adoring subjects can be nice, but it is seeking the glory of Heaven that is truly important.

I love the final verse of this beloved song.

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth;
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Christ didn't need the praise of men when He was born. He had His own glory and love "beaming" from His "holy face". The glory of the Father. The glory of His mission. The glory of His love.

Merry Christmas,


P.S. This movie from BYUtv tells the story of how Silent Night was written. You can stream it for free, here. It is super awesome.

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