Oh Holy Night is my absolute favorite Christmas carol.
"Oh Holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of our dear Saviors birth."
Just the way it begins gives me chills.
But then you get to the crescendo.
"The world is pining away in it's sin and error
until He appears and the soul feels its worth."
That felt worth sends a thrill of hope that causes the weary world to rejoice. It's beautiful really. So, I ask, what does that line mean, "the soul felt its worth?" What is it for the soul to feel it's worth? What does it mean that on that Holy night, Christ should appear, and the Soul should feel it's worth?
The Savior would come down as a needy baby completely naked, unable to provide for itself, poor, shunned, common, laying in a bed of itchy dirty animal feed, and He would come so that we would have worth. He would come so that we might be made holy and righteous. He would come so that He could be beaten and once again made helpless, needy, naked as the day he was born, to die on a cross so that we might have worth.
That shakes and rattles my soul.
It changes my whole thought process of Christmas. Every year I say the same thing, "Christmas comes so fast and it doesn't even feel like the Christmas Season until it's over."
But the thrill of hope shouldn't fade.
Our weary souls should rejoice long after the lights are taken down and the tree has been drug out to the curb. May we all fall on our knees in worship this holiday season because on a holy night Christ became man, so that we might be made holy.