Singing with the King @ Christmas (16)

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming, from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung;
It came, a flowret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The Rose has long been associated with Christ in Church literature, but as far as an authoritative text in Scripture, that’s more of a stretch.  Despite that, I don’t want to lose the symbolism in this ancient German Carol, nor lose sight of the Biblical prophecy mentioned in the lyric which is tied specifically and directly to Christ:

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2)

Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground. He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. (Isa 53:1-3)

The first verse passage speaks of Messiah being of the house of David (Jesse was David’s father); and also refers to Isaiah 53, where the entire chapter clearly speaks to the Christ being our sacrifice.

The second verse revels that the first verse speaks to the aforementioned prophecy from Isaiah, which may also include Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Also in the second verse is the fulfillment of the Prophecy: With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind… she bore to men a Savior.

One more thing from that second verse: “To show God’s love aright…” In other words: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Will you respond to God’s love this Christmas?

 

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