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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English

Twas The Night Before Christmas Vs The Night Before Jesus Came

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Most of us have heard the Christmas poem: “Twas The Night Before Christmas!”  It’s a children’s classic. There have been songs, plays, and reenactments of the story. It started like this: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads…” 

And the poem goes on to say “how excitedly they all awaited for the arrival of Santa Claus.” But there was another Christmas poem that was written by an anonymous writer called: “Twas The Night Before Jesus Came.” I had not heard this version before, but I thought it was very relevant in our world today. 

The Christmas poem went like this: “Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house, not a person was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were dusty; on the shelf without care, in hopes that Jesus would not see them there. The children had dressed and crawled into bed, not one ever kneeling or bowing his head. While Mama in her rocker with babe on her lap, was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

way to the window, I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here! With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment that this was the day! The light of His face made me cover my head; It was Jesus returning, just like He said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I wept when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which he held in His hand, was the name of every saved woman and man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; when He said it’s not here, my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above. And those who had waited, He took up in the sky; and all I could do was to kneel and to cry.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had ignored Him too long and had sealed my own fate.” In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear; that the second coming of Christ is drawing quite near. We’ve only one life to live and then comes the last call, when we will all realize that the Bible was true after all. So, if you can hear Jesus speaking to you, say “Yes Lord,” today! 

That is all you must do. Wow! What a great parallel of the natural and spiritual significance of how to prepare for the night before Christmas. So, I encourage you to take heed, to what you really need; by saying Lord, I surrender and I am no longer a contender. So, I’m asking you, what can I render, to no longer be an offender, to hinder myself and others from following the truth of your Word, that I have just heard. And with utmost sincerity, help me to be prepared for: “The Night Before Jesus Came!”

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