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Let’s consider the night of Christ’s birth. Isn’t it interesting that “the Light of the World” was born in the night. One thing I enjoy about the Christmas season is Christmas music.
During this time of the year Christmas songs are on the radio… in shopping malls… sung by carollers, and in church services. I like it all!
With all the Christmas songs played during this time, I began to wonder—What is the most popular Christmas carol of all time. So I googled it and discovered the number one Christmas carol is “Silent Night.” TIME magazine researched the records at the U.S. Copyright Office and found that “Silent Night” has 733 copyrighted recordings since 1978. “Joy to the World” was a distant second with 391 recordings.
I like the song “Silent Night,” but I question some of it’s lyrics. The song begins: “Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm. All is bright.” I don’t want to spoil this beautiful Christmas carol for anyone, but the Bible’s account Christ’s birth indicates the night Jesus was born was anything but silent and anything but calm.
The subject of my sermon is “The Night Was Anything But Silent.”
I. The STABLE was anything but silent.
A. It was not a silent night for Joseph. Was he perfectly calm?
B. It was not a silent night for Mary.
C. It was not a silent night for the baby Jesus!
II. The SKIES were anything but silent (vs. 10-14).
We sing “Hark, the HERALD Angels SING!”