On the third day of Christmas…
In Northern Europe, it was believed that ghosts and demons could be heard howling in the winter winds. Boughs of holly were thought to have magical powers since they remained green through the harsh winter; they were often placed over the doors of homes to drive evil away. Greenery was also brought indoors to freshen the air and brighten the mood during the long, dreary winter.
So how do we transform this to make it a reminder of the birth of Jesus Christ?
When you see the holly, be reminded that Jesus is the one that drives away the Enemy. 1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
When you feel the pain of touching the pointed leaves of the holly which were said to represent the crown of thorns Christ wore while on the cross, remember the humiliation and persecution Christ endured as He wore it, in order to give us the right to boldly come to the most holy God.
When you see the red berries which are said to symbolize the blood that Christ shed, remember Romans 3:25 (NLT) For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us… It was the blood of Jesus that defeated the Enemy then and now, and has secured our forgiveness of sin.
Merry Christmas. We love yall.
Billy and Sheilah Daws