This is the second podcast in our Advent 2023 series. Did you miss the first one about “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? You can watch it here.

Summary

Peace can seem hard to find during the Christmas season when our eyes and schedules are filled with the bustle of the season. However, when we focus on who Christ is, we can not only find peace, but extend it to others.

In this podcast, we take a look at the theology found within the carol O Holy Night. This carol is believed to have been written from the perspective of someone present at the manger. We hear the relief at the long-awaited arrival of the Savior and how His coming affirms our worth as His children. We then see how Christ’s coming will lead to the breaking of sin’s chains through His life and death on the cross. In Him, there is no slave or master, but only brothers and sisters in Christ. Though we won’t see true peace on this earth till after Christ’s return, the believer can take comfort in knowing that peace is coming. Till then we can nurture peace in our homes by building our relationship with Christ, nurturing Christ-centered conversations, and making peace (so much as we are able) with those around us. Lastly, a fun craft is offered to help little ones focus on faith this Advent season.

 

Main Points Covered

  • The history of O Holy Night
  • The theology and meaning of the verses of O Holy Night
  • How can we nurture peace within our homes with this song?

People and Resources Mentioned

  • Luke 2
  • Genesis 1:27
  • John 15:13
  • Matthew 20:28
  • Romans 5:8
  • Matthew 4:1-11
  • John 15:15
  • Galatians 3:28
  • Galatians 5:1
  • Video resource on the history of this carol.

Unfamiliar Vocabulary

  • Pining: Longing after someone because of a broken heart. You miss or long for this person.
  • The Soul: We need a savior to save us and the sacrifice of Jesus highlights the value and worth of our souls.
  • Hypostatic Union: Christ’s humanity and divinity in one individual personhood. Jesus was fully God and fully man.
  • Docetism: A primarily Gnostic teaching that claims that Jesus’ body was either absent or illusory — not fully human.

Quotable Quotes

“Recognize that peace is available to all believers, but ultimately won’t occur until after Christ’s return.” – Amy Davison

“We as parents need to help nurture our children’s understanding of who God is. Because this world is going to do a fantastic job of trying to distract them from the majesty, glory and power of God.” – Amy Davison

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“As you’re out and about, speak to your children about who God is because that helps nurture intimacy and helps them get to know who God is.” – Amy Davison

“We were worthy enough to die for. He loved us enough to die for us.” – Amy Davision

 

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