Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Soul Felt Its Worth

I love hearing a stirring ministry of “O Holy Night” on Christmas Eve!  For me, that song seems to encapsulate my emotions and feelings at Christmas better than any other carol or Christmas hymn. Surely the angels had to have sung something similar to those lines on that winter night in Bethlehem! Particularly arresting is the line, “Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”  Perhaps in our noble efforts to have a Christ-centered Christmas, we have overlooked the value placed upon human souls by the incarnation of Christ. The "soul should feel its worth!"  So, does the manger, the shepherds, Joseph & Mary, the Christ Child, the wise men, and the barn animals of the nativity make your soul feel its worth? Jesus asked, “what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”. He also asked, “what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Christmas is the greatest communication of how valuable human souls are to God! Eternal souls are what Jesus came to rescue. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son….to redeem those who were under the law!” The incarnation communicates the greatness, glory and love of God, for sure. But, it also communicates the love God has for our individual souls. When you consider the nativity this year, let the message of the Gospel make your “soul feel its worth!” Such love for our souls contemplated will cause us to fall on our knees!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth! 

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