Friday, December 18, 2015

THE THEOLOGY OF A CAROL

"Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother and in His name all oppression shall cease"
O Holy Night is one of the most famous and well-loved Christmas carols.
The first time I understood this verse I wept.  
I was in chains.  Chains of self-doubt, worry and unbalanced expectations.




Christ's love for me, revealed through His obedience at the cross, along with the powerful Word of God, silenced the lies in my head.
His Word penetrated my heart and changed it from an earthly point of view of myself to a heavenly point of view.
I saw myself as unlovable, worthless, without a purpose. Now I know that I am loved, cherished and born to serve the King of the Universe.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let's take a look at one verse in the beloved carol and compare it to Scripture.

Chains Shall He break  


He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Psalm 107:14 NIV

I am your servant, LORD, I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm 116:16 NIV





For the slave is our brother

 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (slave), and coming in the likeness of men Philippians 2:7 NKJV

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother Mathew 12:50 NIV

For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source, That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers Hebrews 2:11 ESV


and in His name all oppression shall cease

Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. Deuteronomy 26:7 ESV

From oppression and violence, He redeems their life... Psalm 72:14 ESV


I still get chills when I sing this  song.

I remember the prophecy of Isaiah 61  concerning Jesus 


The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor Luke 4:18-19 NIV



Jesus declared that He is the fulfillment of this prophecy. (to see the probability of Christ fulfilling prophecy click HERE)

I envision people walking out of jail cells with no shackles, leaping for joy at their new found freedom.
Heads lifted high to greet the sun instead of staring at their feet. Hearts that once craved love now posses complete acceptance in Christ who is Love.



As we celebrate His birth, let us never forget that He is the Messiah.  The promised one.
Emmanuel, God with us. 
The Creator confined Himself to the womb of the created, to deliver us. 
He is the only one who breaks chains, heals wounds, and sets the captives free from the bondage of sin.


My heart rejoices and I want to fall on my knees in reverence and worship.

What chains has Christ broken for you?
Let's join the angels and praise the Holy one for all He has done for us.

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for highlighting this carol. We so often sing the familiar carols without thinking about their meaning, especially when they are written in old style English. God has freed me from my past which hung over me like a dark cloud. I didn't think He could love me any more. I felt great shame and regret. I couldn't do enough to make up for my sin. NO MORE! I understand and accept His unconditional love and am at His service with deep gratitude.

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    1. Oh Cathy, your reply made me cry happy tears. We are so blessed to be free. My deepest prayer is that we all live in that freedom. Merry Christmas, my friend.

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  2. Cherrilynn, what a beautiful post! The promise of redemption brought by the Babe in a manger is manifest in my own life. Thanks for the descriptive reminder. Merry Christmas to you and your loved-ones.

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