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The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Luke 1:35b (ESV)
I’m familiar with silent nights, they track me down and schedule dates on my calendar. Laryngitis sets up residence in my vocal cords and I lose my voice, unable to squeak out a single word.
But it’s never a good time. And it happened once with three speaking events coming up. Still, I was rendered silent against my will. My voice takes short vacations without even asking me for permission to leave. The nerve!
Late into silent nights, I try every known home remedy. I sip on herbal tea with honey and fresh lemon. Under the canopy of a bath towel, my face hovers over steam rising up from the sink. Also, I pop throat drops in copious amounts.
Have you ever fallen silent, unable to speak? Or, maybe something or someone left you speechless.
Lyrics to the Christmas song, Silent Night, paint a Holy night in history. The introduction of a baby to the world. A holy night for a Holy Knight.
Set your eyes on these definitions for knight:
- The rank given to a man of noble birth, for honorary military duty, or for services to his country (Google).
- “A defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle” (The Free Dictionary Online).
You see, the baby Jesus was of noble birth. Nobility inherited from His royal lineage and the God of the universe.
Further, God assigned His Son an honorary military duty that brought a notable silence into the world. The military meaning “to silence” indicates “to still enemy fire” (dictionary.com).
Born King, Knight and Spiritual Warrior, Christ came to silence enemy fire with His work on the cross, an empty tomb and His Word. As the champion of righteousness, Christ triumphs over evil and all of Satan’s artillery in our life. And as Holy Knight, Jesus upholds the cause for holiness.
Christmas celebrates the Savior. A silent and Holy night. In momentary glimpses of His Holy presence on this earth, I’m rendered silent. Unable to squeak out a single word.
Come and bow before Jesus and adore Him. Worship Christ at Christmas … and all year long.
Jesus, I worship and adore You. Wrapped in righteousness and holiness, You are worthy of our praise at Christmas and all year long. Thank You for coming to silence evil and the enemy’s artillery. Amen.