His Law is Love

Consider these words from “O Holy Night”:

“Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.” 

In the greatest display of love ever witnessed in human history, Jesus left the glory of heaven, was born into the humblest of circumstances, lived to do the will of His Father, and ultimately gave his life for ours, demonstrating in the most dramatic way of all, how to love one another.

The words to “O Holy Night,” were originally penned by Mr. Placid Cappeau on a carriage ride to Paris in 1847. The poem was to be used in a Christmas Eve service and the music to go with the poetry was provided by Adolphe Charles Adams.  The French populace embraced the carol and it became very popular. Ten years later it was translated into English by an American abolitionist, John Sullivan Dwight, who heard the carol and loved this message of hope:

“Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother,
and His name all oppression shall cease.” 

The translation quickly became popular in the North during the American civil war.

Years later these same verses speak volumes to modern society as we see that enslavement and oppression take many forms and none of us are free from the temptations of slavery or the repercussions of oppression.

But we hope in the Gospel, which tells us that Jesus is coming again. Oppression and slavery shall finally cease. Weary souls will rejoice, filled with gratitude and sweet songs of joy.  All us of will fall on our knees, in awe of the One who came as a babe’ and who will reign forevermore.  O Holy Night!
~Ruth Siebring

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees, o hear the angel voices
O night divine, o night when Christ was born
O night divine, o night, o night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His Gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, o praise His name forever
His power and glory yet the poor proclaim
His power and glory yet the poor proclaim

Fall on your knees, o hear the angel voices
O night divine, o night when Christ was born
O night divine, o night, o night divine

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