Friday, December 20, 2002

Edifier du Jour-I'm starting to get into a Christmas mood, as Eileen and I are heading north later today, so I'll give Romans a rest and exegete on some carols. Let's start with Silent Night-I'll skip to the second verse
Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from Heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah Christ, the Savior is born Christ, the Savior is born
Shepherds were about as blue-collar as things got in those days, yet it was to shepherds that the angels gave the good news to. Shepherds were tough customers, for their job was to protect their flocks from wolves, lions and other predators. These guys don't quake easily, but they did when the angels came to down. This was the good news of a savior; not just a king, but a savior.
Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy Holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at thy birth Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
The dawn of redeeming grace. I at first thought that the phrase is overstated, for grace wasn't unknown in the Old Testament. However, the redemptive grace that would come at Golgotha is new; Jesus' birth marked the beginning of that process. This was Love's pure light in human form, sent to die for us.

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