One of my favorite Christmas songs has always been O Holy Night. Its a beautiful, powerful song and the lyrics always speak to my heart. The lyrics to O Holy Night were first written as a Christmas poem. The author, Placide Cappeau, was not a particularly religious man, but wrote the poem at the request of a local priest in his town. The poem was put to music shortly thereafter, and the song has been a beloved Christmas hymn ever since.
One of the things that strikes me most about this story is that Cappeau was not an especially religious man...and yet he penned lines like, “a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices...”
Even Cappeau recognized that a world awaiting its Messiah...a world where God had been silent for over 400 years...was weary. And in desperate need of hope. And I would venture to guess that the world Cappeau lived in...even in his small town in France...was weary. And in desperate need of hope.
And certainly the world we live in today in 2018 may be the weariest its ever been. And in more desperate need of hope than ever before.
Enter Jesus. A prophecy fulfilled. A promise kept.
Jesus...God’s present to us and His presence with us.
The voice speaking out of the silence, offering hope to a weary world.
Psalm 130:7 says, “Israel, put your hope in the Lord. For there is faithful love with the Lord, and with him is redemption in abundance.”
I don’t know about you, but I need redemption IN ABUNDANCE. I need a remedy for my weary heart. I need a reason to rejoice again.
And the answer to my heart’s deepest cry now is the same answer God gave over 2,000 years ago when a little baby cried out from a manger... when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Its Jesus. He was the only answer to a weary world then and He’s still the only answer today.
Jesus. Emmanuel... who replaces our weariness with joy...our discouragement with hope.
Fall on your knees! Hope is here! The weary world rejoices!