12242018 Christmas Eve Late Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

"A Silent Night!"

12242018 Christmas Eve Late Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

December 24, 2018

"A Silent Night!"

Sermon Audio

Tonight we gather to celebrate the Holiest of nights of Christendom!  Nearly 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, a boy was born to a carpenter and young woman, His name was Jesus Christ.  It is clear the one song that typifies what we think of this night comes from Germany, the song entitled, “Silent Night”.  The children’s plays where Mary and Joseph are played by the children always remind us that though we adults are not children, when the tune begins we are quickly transported back to “A Silent Night”.

If you think about it, our church culture believes, Jesus was the best Baby,sweet and mild.  So He would have emulated, “A Silent Night”.  Yet, consider, Jesus Christ coming to earth was for one ultimate purpose--yes, to be born, grow up, feed the people, fulfill the prophecies of old, enter into Jerusalem-- to die on the Cross.  Jesus Christ came not to be silent, but point to what His death would fulfill, the salvation of all of mankind. This is the Gospel and why we celebrate “A Silent Night.”

Jesus Christ wants we who gather here to sing of  “A Silent Night” in order that we can tell others of the Word made Flesh, the coming of the Savior of the World.  When we celebrate “A Silent Night” it is so that “A Silent Night” will not determine our response.  For Jesus Christ coming for us and for our salvation is meant to be anything but silent as our response.  Children in their innocence have the best response, we are to be loud and proud proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the World.

We should not have “A Silent Night”, tonight.  We should be overcome by the joy of the season and our celebration and be inspired to happily sing of “A Silent Night” in order to point to the gift we find.  Not under our trees, not in our stockings, not in an envelope, but remembered as the real reason for the Season of Christmas.  Celebrating the birth of the Savior of the Nations, Who came to set we His people free in order that in the manger we find, not just a baby Boy, but the Savior of the World as we celebrate, sing and remember our Savior, Jesus Christ on this “A Silent Night”!  AMEN.