READ: Matthew 1:21-22


21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:


Read: Devotional


As we move through the Advent season, we will be looking at one of the great carols of the season, “OH HOLY NIGHT.” This inspiring song is rich in phrases and concepts that bear witness to the great truth about Christmas.

The first message in the series focuses on the phrase, “...long lay the world in sin and error pining.” It’s a reminder that the Christmas story much more than a nice narrative about a family and a new baby. It’s even much more that some freaked out shepherds seeing and hearing angels in the night sky.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was one of the great British writers of the 20th century. He wrote poetry, biography, philosophy, theology, and even a detective fiction series that has been made into a television series, “The Father Brown Mysteries.” About 100 years ago, the Times of London asked several popular authors of the day to write on the subject: “What’s wrong with the world?” Here was his reply:

“Dear London Times,

I am.

Sincerely Yours,

G.K. Chesterton”

He was on to something. Something basic. Something foundational. If any of us want to know what’s wrong with anything, we should simply look in the mirror.  Sinners doing sinful stuff. And if you feel like you aren’t that bad, remember—pride is a terrible sin. ;)




  • How often do I blame others, when I, too, am guilty?


  • When was the last time I truly confessed my sins to the Lord?


  • When was the last time I asked forgiveness of someone I’ve wronged?



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