Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 16: "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly"

    This carol will probably be familiar, although it doesn't receive the air time that some of the most popular ones do. I actually really like that about it, and also, it isn't your typical carol. The couplets are fun, and they give it an unusual rhythm (I'm sure anyone musically inclined could say much more about that than I, and describe it much better!) . However, I really love that this carol focuses on the little details-the lowliness of Christ's birthplace, the animals that were likely there. It nicely juxtaposes both the height of His holiness with His absolute down-to-earth humanity. And I like a good comparison.

Lyrics: "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly"

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #106

Questions for thought and discussion;
1. The Isaiah passage focuses on Christ's physical appearance-nothing about it would have been anything other than commonplace, average. He did not use his looks to attract people to Himself! Why do you think this was important? Why do you think that we usually picture Jesus as being physically good-looking? Is it our own vanity? Because He certainly wasn't concerned with His outward appearance!

2. Christ was despised, rejected, and looked down on, yet He gave us the right to become children of God, joining Him in the true royal family. How does this help us to realize that all of the aspirations of the world are completely backward? Christ was not afraid to be "lowly". Why are we so concerned that we won't be given our proper due? What do we really deserve?

Looking for the printable? It's here.

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