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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?

 

Singing with the King @ Christmas (12)

Christmas Star

Good Christian Men Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)

Good Christian men rejoice with heart and soul and voice!

Give ye heed to what we say: News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow and He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!
Now ye hear of endless bliss: Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this.
He hath opened the heavenly door and man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!
Now ye need not fear the grave: Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save.
Calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!

The title reveals the mood of this ancient carol: Rejoice! And is a repetitive fashion, the author gives you three reasons to rejoice.

REASON NUMBER ONE: News! Prophecy was fulfilled: Christ, the Son of God was born; and something was accomplished that had never been seen: God became man.

REASON NUMBER TWO: After the news comes joy! Joy that God has come to earth to walk among His People. This joy began with the magi, as we see in their response: When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! (Matthew 2:10) People heard the joy of the Father when He said:  “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5) Joy in Heaven when you and I repent: There is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. (Luke 15:10) And you and I have joy when we receive His Word: I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! (John 15:10)

REASON NUMBER THREE: We have peace because He saved us. Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1)

Christ was born to save. This is a huge proclamation. He didn’t come to judge. He didn’t come to rule. He came to save. And that was the plan ever since the beginning: Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you. (1 Peter 1:17-20)

And even though our salvation was long in the making, the good news if you are being slow regarding His salvation, He is waiting: The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (1 Peter 3:9)

So, what’s keeping you?

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