Night Divine

“Oh, Holy Night” contains the phrase “oh, night divine”. Do you understand what that means? If not, consider John 1:14. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John wrote that they “beheld his [Christ’s] glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. Know that Christ, the Son of God, stands fully equal with the Father in Deity and glory. Yet, Christ chose to do something incredible. God loved his fallen condition so incredibly, even thought we submerged ourselves in rebellion, wickedness, false worship, human foolishness and depravity and more.   Glorious Jehovah can not have intimate fellowship with sin. To offer an earthly illustration, think about asking an upcoming bride to hunt for snakes in a swamp, while wearing her treasured diamond covered, white silk wedding dress.  Sin disgusts God. He has no desire to be contacted with repulsive sin. Our Sovereign wanted to reunite with His creation humanity, but this meant perfect, cleansing and pardoning mediation. Christ chose to accomplish His Father’s desire to rescue humanity and offer both spiritual and eternal life, and reconcile them to His splendor and pleasure.

This required Christ, remaining fully God, but also becoming entirely human. He had to human to live in perfectness, fulfilling God’s, endure hardship, face temptation, experience suffering, sorrow, pain, hunger, scourging, dying to pay the wages of our sins, and conquering death in His resurrection. “But God commendeth [demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” He chose to accomplish this incredible feat by offering His life on Calvary’s cross.

When Christ left Heaven, He left His regal position and splendor. He entered a child’s body and experienced birth in Bethlehem. Yet, all of His glory filled His earthly form.  Christ brought His glory, grace and truth to earth, things mankind needed desperately, despite their spiritual blindness. What is God’s glory? It is the majestic, splendid, blissful and beauty of His ultimate qualities and characteristics. Those who “beheld his glory”, tasted only a fragment  yet to be enjoyed in eternity, but they sampled something incredible.

So why was it a night divine? Because our Sovereign left amazing Heaven and His majestic realm and position to enter the scum of a fallen, twisted, repugnant world and mankind. His tremendous love caused Him to joyfully enter this world, all to lay down His life for our salvation.