Advent Joy: O Holy Night


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I pulled up to the school one day last week to wait for my daughter to finish Nordic practice.

Jesus had painted a peaceful scene to close the day: the last rays of light were still visible in the sky above the snowy ground.

Just as I put the SUV in park, Josh Groban began to sing O Holy Night on the radio.

(I added ‘on the radio’ after proofreading this because it sounded like Josh Groban was in the car with me running errands and spontaneously burst into song. 🙂 On second thought, wouldn’t that have been absolutely lovely?! ).

I sat very still as chills ran all up and down my spine, listening to his achingly beautiful voice joyfully proclaim the Gospel message.

This may sound silly, but each time I hear Josh Groban sing, I imagine that this is how Jesus sounds when He sings.

Did you know that Jesus sings?

He sings over you!

The Lord God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with great gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. —Zephaniah 3:17

His Voice is described elsewhere in Scripture as follows:

*like the sound of rushing waters (Ezekiel 43:2)

*so powerful that it can “strip forests bare” (Ps. 29:9)

*like thunder (Job 37:5)

*majestic (Job 37:5)

*flashes forth flames of fire (Ps. 29:7)

*mighty (Ps. 68:33)

*the roar of many waters (Rev. 1:15)

Just take a moment and imagine what THAT Voice sounds like singing over your life, right now, at this very point in time.

One day, when we are in Heaven, we will not only hear His magnificent Voice speaking (and singing!) to us; we will see His face!

The very Face of love and grace.

The most beautiful Face we will ever see in all His glorified splendor and magnificence.

But this is only possible because He first came to us in the face of a little baby born in a cold stable one star-filled night over 2000 years ago. That baby’s cry still echoes through time and eternity because in that one moment, our much-needed, life-saving rescue had begun.

Then she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough because there was no room for them at the lodging place. In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flocks. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were  terrified. But the angel of the Lord said, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today, a Savior was born for you in the city of David. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” Suddenly, there was a multitude of heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to god in the highest heaven and peace on earth to the people He favors!” (Luke 2:7-14).

This is the magic of advent.

Jesus the Savior was born…for YOU.

Think about this glorious fact as you watch this video. Observe the depiction of Jesus’ birth set to Josh Groban’s voice…and think about the fact that this very One sings over your life today.

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