I couldn’t end the Joy Bringer’s Advent without talking about the lyrics from the most beloved Christmas song of all time, Oh Holy Night.
Oh Holy Night
Long lay the world
in sin and error pining
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
How many times do we make mention of our worthlessness? You may not realize it, but it’s actually common language for us.
We have been groomed by society to believe (or at least state publicly) that we are less than. We don’t want to appear cocky or arrogant so we minimize, negate, and contradict what the Lord says about us. But the problem is, we don’t just say it, we believe it.
I’m so (stupid, dumb, lame, fat, ugly, etc.)
Never mind, it doesn’t matter
I’m not good enough
I only did well because…
I can’t do anything right
I’m only human
This song captures the beauty of what else happened the night of Jesus’ birth.
Humanity was affirmed.
God himself became a human. Humankind is not worthless. If it was, the God of all the universe would not have chosen to reveal himself as a human. He could have picked another created being! God could have come as a tree or a bird or a jewel. He came to restore the value of humanity. And in that moment, like the song says,
The soul felt its worth.
Instead of convincing yourself that you are less than and a hopeless cause, come into agreement with what the Lord thinks about you.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Worthy of love. Worthy of gifting. Worthy of blessing. Worthy of the birth of the savior. Worthy of salvation.
And Jesus makes a way for you to live into that truth. He was born to affirm you. He lived so he could show you. He died so he could free you. He rose from the grave so he could defeat the enemy of your soul. He ascended into heaven so he could live with you forever!
You are worthy. Believe it.