O Holy Night Midnight Christians
Many don’t know that the classic Christmas hymn “O Holy Night” is a translation and paraphrase of the original French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (“Midnight, Christians”) by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877). Below is the literal English translation of Cappeau’s original work before it was changed to fit a musical score:
Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour,
When God-man descended to us
To erase the stain of original sin
And to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Savior.
People kneel down, wait for your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!
May the ardent light of our Faith
Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
As in ancient times a brilliant star
Guided the Oriental kings there.
The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,
It is to your pride that God preaches.
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
People stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!
The Thrill of Hope It seems as though the world is consistently looking for a thrill of hope, this is why so many search and hope for a chance at a great deal. So many hope for a chance to make it rich because that will supposedly satisfy. They seek hope in a new President every four years to get the world in line. Some seek the thrill of hope in a new romance, some even hope in the most foolish things like awaiting a new movie or video game. Let’s look at what the Bible says about a few of these fleeting hopes.
man/politicians/human judgment-Psalm 146:3, Genesis 11:4, Proverbs 28:26,
Riches-1 Timothy 6:17, Proverbs 11:28, Luke 12:19-20, Proverbs 23:4
Strength/ Military might– Psalm 33:16-17, Psalm 20:7, Psalm 33:17, Isaiah 31:1-3
Now, there is nothing wrong with voting, studying your political choices, accepting or applying for that job promotion, or in wanting a stronger military or even being excited about that new blockbuster. However, there is something very wrong when any of these things take our eyes from the lasting hope of Jesus Christ. The poem speaks to this false hope in the second stanza:
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness, It is to your pride that God preaches. Bow your heads before the Redeemer! Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
We Christians have a lasting hope that never disappoints! It never fails, and is not a temporary hope that leaves us wanting but one that continuously satisfies.
Our Lasting Hope The woman at the well- John 4: 7-26 This woman had been seeking for hope, worth, and value in man and clearly none filled the on-going thirst for more. Jesus speaks to her and of her need for salvation. Her hope needed to be put in Jesus Christ to fill her void, as the song says “the soul felt it’s worth”. He is our soul’s worth, our purpose, our song and our everlasting well.
The Redeemer has broken every bond: The Earth is free, and Heaven is open. He sees a brother where there was only a slave, Love unites those that iron had chained. Who will tell Him of our gratitude, For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
Heaven, our new hope Romans 8: 22-28, John 16:33 This world is full of struggles and Jesus never promised that his salvation and redemption would cure all the struggles, war, health, and heart ache of this world. In fact, he told us the opposite (John 16:33) However with the promise of struggle came a new hope in the resurrection of Jesus that we too will someday be with him forever, where there is no tears and no pain, where our bodies will be made new along with our souls. What a hope we have in Jesus! Take heart, He has overcome the world!
With the prize of heaven in our hearts let us put our trust in Jesus and stop seeking hope in temporal things and people. Instead, let us walk in his truth and experience his promises becoming reality! No matter the trial or accomplishment let us keep our eyes on his truth. He works all things together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
People, stand up! Sing of your deliverance, Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer
The above is a paraphrased message by Ryan Bruce at The Gathering Church in Hawaiian Gardens. Stop by and see us at 22427 Norwalk Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, Ca 90716. You can also visit us at facebook.com/thegatheringchurch1