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"Not so Silent Night"

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2017-12-23 (토) 10:45 조회 : 241
작성일 : 2017.12.24
작성자 : Rev. Kang

“Not so Silent Night” – Luke 2:8-21

 

Today, we look at a passage that we are all familiar with: the birth of Jesus Christ. And during Christmas, we often sing a song that we’re all familiar with: “Silent Night.”  And for a long time, I sang this song without really thinking too much about the lyrics, but as I got older I started to think, “was it really a silent night?” 

 

I imagine the scene of Jesus’ birth to be filled with cows mooing, pigs oinking, horses neighing, sheep bleating, and chickens clucking. As Mary is giving birth, I could imagine her screaming and yelling, as the pain of childbirth was overwhelming. As Jesus entered the world, I don’t imagine Him being a silent baby, but instead, a crying and screaming baby filled with fear and uncertainty of what was happening. Jesus’ birth was not silent, and His life would not be silent as well. Jesus was always speaking the Truth, teaching others who He was, healing the broken, and rebuking those who didn’t believe Him. Every day of His life was filled with noise and chatter, except at the very end of His life. It was only at the end of His life do we see Jesus silent and mouth shut, and He does this for our good.

 

As Jesus was growing up, He was making noise. At the age of 12, he started teaching in the temple (Luke 2:41-52), and as He got older, he started teaching in the mountains (Matthew 5), wilderness (Mark 6:30-44), and on the streets (Luke 19:1-10). As the crowds gathered to see Jesus, I could imagine Him shaking hands and talking with the people. I could imagine Jesus saying the words “you are healed,” thousands of times as He healed the paralyzed, mute, blind, lame, and diseased. With the Pharisees and religious leaders, Jesus would always rebuke them for their disbelief. His rebuke on the Pharisees and religious leaders was for their good; for them to open their eyes, minds, and hearts to see Jesus as the prophesized Messiah.

 

Throughout Jesus’ life, He was always making noise by vocalizing the truth and it was always for our good; so that we would believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus knew He only had a short time on earth, and so He constantly talked, healed, and rebuked everyone that came to Him so they would wake up and see that their King had come. There was never a silent moment in Jesus life, until, the very end.

 

As Jesus stood before Caiaphas and the council (Matthew 26:57-68), the council brought in false witnesses testifying against Jesus and Caiaphas asks Him, “Have you no answer to make?” Scripture says, “But Jesus remained silent.” As Jesus stood before Pilate and was asked, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” Scripture says, “But he gave him no answer, not even a single charge” (Matthew 27:11-14). When the crowd chose Barabbas over Jesus, Jesus didn’t make a case for Himself, but instead, silently agreed (Matthew 27:15-26). When the soldiers mocked Jesus, He didn’t say a word, but let them insult, spit, and strip Him of his clothes (Matthew 27:27-31). And silently, Jesus carried the cross and walked toward Golgotha, and as the nails were hammered into His hands and feet, He didn’t say a word; He didn’t make a case for Himself, though He was innocent. He had done nothing wrong, and the one time where Jesus should have spoken the truth, He didn’t. He remained silent. Why? For us; so that we could be saved and be with Him for all eternity.

 

Isaiah 53:7 states, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” Jesus came into the world crying and screaming for us, and He lived His life sharing the truth for us, but on His last day, He died silently for us; not pleading His case and innocence before the people and before the Father. As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the only time Jesus was truly silent was during His last day on earth. Christ’s silence during the trial and on the cross has given us the greatest gift of all, salvation and eternal life, and I pray that as we understand what Christ had done for us, we live our days glorifying and honoring our King.  

 

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, and I pray that God will do amazing things in us individually but also, corporately as well! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God bless!

 


   

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