Our Burden Bearer

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 floweret 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 us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.
~Michael Praetorius

I love this carol.
The stanza that is particularly hitting me lately is the fourth one and most especially, the last two lines:
 “True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
   And lightens every load.”
The first part is mystery. “True man, yet very God.”  That it is true, the Bible tells me so.  That I get it? No.  But that I believe it? Yes.
And then: “from sin and death He saves us.” God’s justice demanded that human nature must pay for its sin, (but a sinner couldn’t do that). But Jesus Christ, by the power of his divinity, bore the weight of God’s anger in his humanity and restored to us righteousness and life. (Thank you Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 16, 17). This is good news!
Now, the last part: “And lightens every load.”  This is the one that gets me.  The Scriptures don’t mince words: we have loads. Sometimes, it seems as though we are doing okay carrying a load.  Other times, no, no, it is too heavy and one feels crushed.  The reality that Christ lightens our load is something to cling too . . . otherwise where does one go?
A baby in a manger, my burden bearer.
~Danyale Tamminga

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