Christmas – ‘Silent Night’

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

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 ”


Jesus was born at night, on a night when there was no such thing as ‘light pollution’ – big bright lights everywhere. On a night where the only available inn was so crowded that the only place left was in the stables, with the animals. On such a night, the only sounds were from the animals, the only lights were from, most probably, the oil lamp in the stables and the stars shining in the sky. The night was silent. A peaceful silence on earth. And then a bright light shone on the shepherds watching their flock out on a plain, the angels came to announce to them the good news of Jesus’ birth. These shepherds were the first to hear the Good News, and they quickly picked themselves up and hurried to the stables to visit the Son of Man. Think about it: The shepherds were simple folk, probably too sleepy (at that time of the night) and naive to believe anything, lying on the grass on a not-that-faraway hill, watching over their sheep, or at least trying to. However, since their heads were in the right places, they knew that it was not a trick of the light or any kind of trick when the angels started singing Gloria In Excelsis Deo out of no where. And now I wonder, why did the angels not announce the Good News to the travellers in the inn, which the stables belonged to, as they were the nearest? God, instead, chose to tell the shepherds through His angels for they were, as I mentioned earlier, simple folk, and more than likely, God-fearing too. Whereas, the travellers in the inn were more intelligent, and maybe sceptical, and their hearts were closed off to news not beneficial to them. The most likely reason why God did not tell them about Jesus’ birth is that He did not want these well-heeled people to run off to the King Herod, telling him the exact location of the Messiah and getting money in return, hence risking the Holy Child’s life and also His first few days on earth.

If Jesus was to be born in this time and age, where would He be born, in which country and in what conditions? Would He still be born in the stables? Would a crazy king still be out to get Him? Hmmm… I wonder.


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