I love bells. I have a large silver bell that hangs on my door during the Christmas season. I enjoy hearing the hand-bells played at church and one of my favorite Christmas carols is “Jingle Bells.”
Have you ever stopped to consider the significance of Bells at Christmas?
Bells proclaim something. Bells have been used throughout history to celebrate victories, anniversaries, and events, and summon citizens to hear important proclamations. The most famous bell is the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell was delivered by an English foundry in 1752. It is a central artifact from the American Revolution, most famous for cracking and being repaired several times. The bell’s name was derived from its inscription: “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10a KJV).
The Liberty Bell could have been rung by Jesus at His first official proclamation in the synagogue in Nazareth: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives . . . , to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). Those responding to Jesus’ announcement have been free from the moment they believed–free from sin and death.
If you hang a Christmas bell on your tree or door this year, do it in celebration of the spiritual liberty that is yours in Christ. One way to celebrate that freedom is by using your bell as a witnessing tool. There’s not greater time of the year to share Christ’s freedom, than Christmas time.