by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Night of Nights
Great Nights of the Bible (10 of 16)
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 2:8

This was the night of nights! Yet that night of nights came down as all other nights had come down before, thousands upon thousands, ever since the first day came to a close and the first sun sank beyond the horizon and God divided the light and the darkness and called the light day and the darkness called He night.

The night of nights has come. And yet it came just as every other night before it had come. Toward the west, toward the Mediterranean Sea, the sun began to sink. Lower and lower it sank until across the border of the western sky was one great bar of gold. Then that path of gold turned to blood red, flushing all the sky with crimson and touching earth with its fire. But in a moment the sky, so red with glory, turned to a cold ashen gray; after that came night. To the east the mountains of Moab rise out of the shadows like colossal giants. In Bethlehem's houses mothers lay their children down to sleep. In the courtyards of the inn the camels and the cattle have lain down to rest. Here and there in some of the houses lights gleam for a moment and then go out. In the fields the sheep lie down while the shepherds sit about their fire. In the heavens above appear the same stars that had shone through all the ages ever since God made the "stars to rule by night." Orion weaves his mystic band of light, and the Pleiades, to the unheard music of the spheres, commence their march across the heavens.

Night had come down, just the same as night had come down in all the centuries before. Yet this is the night of nights! This is the night that will conquer darkness and bring in the day when there shall be night no more. This is the night when they who sit in darkness shall see a great light. This is the night that shall make eternal light, for it is the night when God brought into the world Him who is the Light of the world. Yonder, in that stable of the inn where the c ...

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