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O Holy Night
Sunday 23 December 2018
We thank Pastor Hung Nguyen for this week's good news: Love came down on Christmas Day. Setting the scene for today's service, Pastor Hung shared with us the origins of the song "O Holy Night". A drunken French poet and his Jewish composer friend gifted the world a beautiful homage to the coming of Christ the Saviour. The church, upon discovery of the identity of the creators, banned the song. It was only later, after having been translated into English by a pastor from the United States that it was realised a secret of the love of the Lord. The fact is that the Lord loves we sinners so much that any of us can be used to share the Word. The song shares with us the divine night that God became man because of his love for us.
1 John 4:8-9
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Pastor Hung emphasised three points about divine love:

  1. Love is costly – from John 15:12-13 we understand that no greater love is there than when we lay down our life for those we love. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, a sign of divine love.
  2. Love undeserved – from Romans 5:8 we understand that though we are sinners, God so loves us that Jesus still died for us.
  3. Love is benevolent – from John 3:16 we understand that Jesus died for us so that we have the opportunity of eternal life.
After the good news, we were able to see how the love continues down the generations. We were reminded about what a blessing children are. Children are a sign of God's love and hint to us about eternal life in Christ.

Author: Stan Williams
Photography: Stan Williams