I really like the Christmas hymn Silent Night. But I have to wonder…was that night a silent night with all being calm? Was the infant so tender and mild suggesting a comfortable setting for the babe?
From all I read Jesus was born into a chaotic, lawless and troubled world.The leaders of Israel were leading the people further and further from God. Their nation was in subjection to the Roman Empire and many in Israel were fuming and fighting under that condition. One king had it in mind to kill this child-king if he could get his hands on him. And when he could not, what did he do? He had all the children in and around Bethlehem under 2 years old killed. Silent Night? Holy Night?All is calm? I really don’t think so. Jeremiah predicted that there would be a lot of crying and sorrow among Israel at that time. The only thing holy about that night was the Son of God Himself.
Out on the hillside the Shepherds had their hands full too with a frightening display of angel lights and sounds. It was not so silent a night as far as they were concerned.
Was it a calm night for the new Christmas parents? Joseph and Mary were not in a comfortable hostel but far from home, having to make a hard trip to comply with census laws. They ended up in a cave stable where she gave birth to Jesus. This baby was laid in a feeding trough for animals. Calm, quiet surroundings you think? With animals, really?
I know…we like our Christmases contemplative and quiet so we can think. That image of a peaceful and peace-filled celebration appeals to us. But in reality Christ’s birth was never meant to be treated in Silent Mode. The coming of Christ is something to shout about, talk about, sing about, and testify to. We ought to be making a lot of noise as a church at Christmas. This is our time. This is our Savior. Mohamed has nothing to do with this. The angel Moroni can’t share in this. Buddha has to bow low to this one. Hinduism has no Savior. Man’s religion has to take a back seat to this Lord of Glory come to earth! They must all stand silent before this King Savior – Jesus the Christ. Those are the real “silent night” people. Jesus says we are people of the day (I Thess. 5:5). We are to carry news of him everywhere and shout it from the mountaintops.
No, my friend. Let’s have no silent nights around Christmas. Christ really did come. Now that is something to talk about! Who will you tell over the next few days? Silent night?? No way!! Think it thru