One of my favorite Christmas hymns is “O Holy Night” and this year I’ve been particularly struck by the phrase “the weary world rejoices.” Perhaps now, more than ever, the world is weary.
The world is weary from pain and suffering. The world is weary from broken promises. The world is weary from unsatisfied hopes. The world is weary from strained relationships and broken families. The world is weary from chasing after the wind of material possessions and empty stuff. The world is weary of false saviors who never deliver.
It all reminds me of Solomon’s description of life as vanity in Ecclesiastes:
All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. (Eccl 1:8)
In the midst of this weariness and vanity, Jesus breaks through. He broke through as a baby to bring good news of salvation and joy to all who were burdened by bondage to sin, and he will break through again someday to heal the world of all remaining sin and to “make all things new” (Rev 21:5).
Come Lord Jesus! This weary world will rejoice!