It wasn't a silent night
- Matthew 2:1 (NASB)
- Matthew 2:2 (NASB)
- Luke 2:1 (NASB)
- Luke 2:2 (NASB)
- Luke 2:3 (NASB)
- Luke 2:4 (NASB)
- Luke 2:5 (NASB)
- Luke 2:6 (NASB)
- Luke 2:7 (NASB)
- Luke 2:8 (NASB)
- Luke 2:9 (NASB)
- Luke 2:10 (NASB)
- Luke 2:11 (NASB)
- Luke 2:12 (NASB)
- Luke 2:13 (NASB)
- Luke 2:14 (NASB)
- Luke 2:15 (NASB)
- Luke 2:16 (NASB)
- Luke 2:17 (NASB)
- Luke 2:18 (NASB)
- Luke 2:19 (NASB)
- Luke 2:20 (NASB)
"Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright..."
Every Christmas season we heard that song aired over the radio. We all expect that season to come and felt the peaceful and joyful feeling we felt.
Last Monday through Friday I'd been in the Philippines for some mission that I successfully carried out. I reached my home town nighttime of the following day. I witness the busyness of the people watching the nightly presentation and the people staying in their homes were busy preparing for food and gifts. The night was not silent on that time and the following days and nights!
Even in the big city like Manila were our plane landed, the night was not silent! Also, while the airplane is cruising in the altitude of 30,000ft people are not silent for all the passengers were alarm that there is a sick man in the plane which is in serious condition that needed an immediate medical assistance. After some minutes we heard the Captain asking apology for the plane is going to have an emergency landing in the island of Okinawa, Japan. The flight was not silent that I used to experience!
In our Scripture reading in Luke 2:1-20, we also see that the night was not really silent. Here are the facts that it wasn't a silent night:
1. It was a census days decreed by the Roman King Ceasar Augustus, v1;
2. Joseph was busy looking for an inn to stay for a night and for Mary to give birth, vv6~7;
3. A heavenly host of angels singing and proclaiming "Gloria en excelsis Deo...", vv9,13;
4. The shepherds upon discovering the only baby in the manger after they were told by the an angel of the Lord, they start glorifying, praising God. They announce the Good News throughout the village, v20;
5. The heaven was not silent, it shows a comet with its tail of rays pointing to Bethlehem,Mt 2:2b;
If heavenly host is not silent and earthly people is not silent praising and proclaiming the birth of the Savior of the world, will you hold your peace and remain silent?
Let us proclaim to the whole world especially the Japanese people that there is a yearly Christmas celebration because not an ordinary child was born on earth with a mission to redeem all people of different races from sin which we all enslaved.
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