Advent 2014 – 7 days ’til Christmas

…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. 1 Peter 1:18-19


Only one week and then Christmas Day, the day Christians remember that God’s plan for the redemption of his people was being effected with the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is a day Christians specifically gather together to worship their King.

hollyWe never sing it during Advent or on Christmas Day; I guess it is not a ‘Christian’ carol, but I really do like ‘The Holly and the Ivy’.

I remember singing it as a young person, but never really listened to the words. The song contains the crucial ‘ingredients’ of Christmas.

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown

The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet Saviour

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good

The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn

The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all

Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir

In so many ways, this carol speaks the gospel message. Christ the sovereign King was born of the virgin Mary. He was pure, sinless, offering himself as the atonement for sinners by the shedding of his blood on the cross. He was ‘crowned’ king of the Jews with a crown of thorns and through the bitter passage of persecution and death, Christ redeemed his people.


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