I love all the old Christmas carols, the older the better. “Lo How A Rose” is not so well known, written in the 15th century and translated from German. I was surprised to hear the instrumental version in the mall! Its poetic lyrics liken Jesus’ coming to the blooming of a rose, like a bright flower in the dark of night. The fourth verse says that the fragrance of this Flower, “dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere.”
Today’s verse is a prophesy about the death of Jesus and what it will accomplish. We celebrate His birth this season, knowing that His life and death changed history. He came to this earth to die. Just as the fragrance of a rose comes from crushing the petals, so the fragrance of His salvation and grace was realized through being “crushed for our iniquities.” The deep dark red of the rose reminds me of His precious blood. Peace with God was not possible until sin was punished. Because Christ took on Himself that punishment, our sick souls are healed.
I will forever be grateful for His birth, His life and His incredible sacrifice. His coming that first Christmas meant hope, beauty and light in a dark desperate world. What is so amazing is that He did it for me! He did it for all those who will accept His love for them. “Like a rose trampled on the ground, You took the fall, And thought of me, Above all.”
Thank you Lord, for coming to this earth for me!