Christmas: On This Holy Night: On This Holy Night [NOOK Book]


A collection of inspirational thoughts combined with a sophisticated design to celebrate the holiest of nights.

This beautiful gift book will make its way into your heart and your Christmas decor year after year. Well-loved verses from Luke intermingled with quotes from influential Christians, both past and present. Share thoughts such as “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God” from C. S. Lewis or these lines from...

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A collection of inspirational thoughts combined with a sophisticated design to celebrate the holiest of nights.

This beautiful gift book will make its way into your heart and your Christmas decor year after year. Well-loved verses from Luke intermingled with quotes from influential Christians, both past and present. Share thoughts such as “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God” from C. S. Lewis or these lines from Christina Rossetti: “Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine. Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400318650
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • File size: 186 KB

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On This Holy Night
By Lisa Guest

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1865-0

Chapter One

Christmas—one night among millions, but it was enough to make us believe in miracles.

There is no way our little minds can comprehend the love of God. But that didn't keep Him from coming.


Christmas offers its wonderful message. Immanuel. God with us....

He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn't come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety.


Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.


Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your world as a baby. I set aside my Glory, so that I could identify with mankind.... I became poor so that you might become rich.


This is Christmas.... God loving, searching, giving Himself—to us. Man's needing, receiving, giving himself—to God.


While the innkeeper tended to his guests, the devoted husband tended to his wife, and the shepherds tended to their flocks, a Child came to tend to their souls. And ours.

When Christ entered our world, He didn't come to brighten our Decembers, but to transform our lives.


The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.


Christmas is the most stunning rescue story of all time....

Under cover of night, in a remote village in Palestine, in a world held captive by the dark prince, God comes to earth as a human being, a little boy. He invades the human race in order to rescue the human race.


Christmas is reassurance that God keeps His promises, then and now.

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes ... and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of advent.


Oh holy night ... the Light entered the darkness, and everything changed.

One night ... among the wrinkled hills of Bethlehem ... God, who knows no before or after, entered time and space. God, who knows no boundaries, took on the shocking confines of a baby's skin, the ominous restraints of mortality.


Think of the originality that went into the first Christmas.... no one but the Creator Himself would have scripted it that way.


She didn't expect to be pregnant. He didn't expect an angel to tell him to marry her anyway. The shepherds didn't expect the night shift to be anything unusual. God enters our lives in the most unexpected ways, but always with a perfect plan.

Christmas—the idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person.


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

JOHN 3:16

God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms.


Mary didn't know whether to give Him milk or give Him praise, but she gave Him both since He was, as near as she could figure, hungry and holy.


God became man. Marvel at the mystery.

Joseph didn't know whether to call Him Junior or father. But in the end called Him Jesus, since that's what the angel said and since he didn't have the faintest idea what to name a God he could cradle in his arms.


Christmas allows us to redefine "impossible."

The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy one who is to be born will be called the son of God.... for with God nothing will be impossible."

LUKE 1:35, 37

The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.


The greatest gift God gives is His presence. His name is Immanuel—God with us.


Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.


It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.


The newborn Child was comforted in the arms of His mother. For eternity His people will be comforted by the strong arm of His Father.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

LUKE 2:7

On that first Christmas, Truth incarnate didn't need the world's press....

No newspapers covered the story. No CNN®. No Internet. Yet God's history-changing entrance into the world is still well remembered and celebrated centuries later.

On that sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present....

Then with light and joy pouring out of heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born.... The angels called it "good news," and it was.


Sometimes ... we forget the true meaning of Christmas— the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.


For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, mighty God, Everlasting father, Prince of Peace.


On Christmas day ... the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure village in the middle east was God's supreme triumph of good over evil.


Our freedom has come in an unexpected way. Freedom from the consequences of sin, gained for us by One born of peasants in a truck-stop town in Judea.

The way to Christmas lies through ... a little gate, child-high, child-wide, and there is a password: "Peace on earth to men of good will."


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

LUKE 2:13–14

On that holy night, God sent His son to save our sons and daughters.

Jesus came from heaven to offer us a way to heaven. This is the Christmas story.

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty founder was a child Himself.


And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.

LUKE 2:12

If we only focus on the birth of Jesus as a sweet story, ... then we miss out on what can happen for us tonight....

The God who comes to be with us can take the shabby, hurting, dirty, abandoned, humiliating parts of ourselves and will make them and us new.


Christmas.... We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.


Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the lord."

LUKE 2:10 – 11

God saw what the world most desperately needed, and what He chose to give us was Himself.... This is the message of Christmas.


The son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.


If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." ...

More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!


On Christmas, heavenly glories were exchanged for a humble humanity.

If Christ had been born to a princess mother and a knighted father, in a well-appointed nursery behind castle walls, would we easily believe that He wanted to be our friend, much less our Savior?

Wise men still seek Him.


After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, ... wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

Matthew 2:1 – 2

God came to us because He wanted to join us on the road, to listen to our story....

This is the great mystery of Christmas that continues to give us comfort and consolation: we are not alone on our journey.


A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, ... O night divine, the night when Christ was born.



Excerpted from Christmas by Lisa Guest Copyright © 2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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