Have you ever taken the time to reflect on the meaning of the lyrics found in the all the Christmas carols heard on the radio and in countless stores this time of year? On this episode of White Horse Inn, the hosts will do just that as they consider songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and more traditional carols like “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night.” Finally, they’ll explore the rich theology expressed in the world’s first Christmas carol recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke (originally aired 12/18/16).
Classic music like Handel’s Messiah represents what used to be common in Protestant churches during the advent season, namely, Lessons and Carols. There, the Old Testament stories and prophecies were read in a way that progressively led to the New Testament fulfillment. These were then interspersed with songs that emphasized that particular part of redemptive history. It was a time when people recognized that the Bible was a great unfolding story.Michael Horton