A post from several years ago Jesus coming to earth.
8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:8-15
Silent Night, Holy Night,
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin, mother and child,
Holy Infant so tender and mild…
Silent Night, hymn number 89 in the 1975 Edition Baptist Hymnal, was my favorite Christmas song when I was young. So much so, that I knew the hymn number without checking it to make sure I was right. Every once in awhile, at the small Southern Baptist Church I attended, we would have Sunday evening services in which we just sang various hymns, and the congregation would get to choose the songs. No matter the time of year, I usually wanted to sing this song.
As I have grown older and matured in my faith, I have started to realize how scripturally wrong this song is. To start with, nothing about this particular night was silent. First of all, you have angels appearing and shouting out praises to God. That does not sound very silent to me. Also in verse 13, Luke says the angels are a company. He uses a military term to describe them. He is saying they are there prepared for war. I am not sure about you, but to me, a gathering of angels explained in military phraseology, does not mesh well with the idea of quietness and stillness. No, this night was neither calm nor silent. It was holy! It was special! It was much more of an invasion, than a peaceful event.
As I think about this, and examine life; especially where I am currently, I start to realize just great the spiritual warfare is that is going on all around us. My encouragement for you today is to remember you are following Jesus through battle as you leave His footprints.