A traditional sound we love at Christmas is ringing bells. From bell choirs in food courts, to malls and airports. Wherever holiday crowds gather. Traditional Christmas songs include lyrics about bells such as Silver Bells, Jingle Bells, Ring the Bells, Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, and I heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
The Bible says bells were a part of the High Priest’s sacred garments, “Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the LORD and when he comes out, so that he will not die. ” Exodus 28:31+.
When the people outside the Temple heard the bells, they knew he was performing his duties and atoning for their sins.
Who knew the small bells sown into the hem of the high priest’s garments for the Day of Atonement would become such a beautiful and vital part of Christmas?
The sounds of the bells insured the Israelites the High Priest was making atonement for their sins in the Holy of Holies. When we hear bells this season, let’s praise God that Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection insures us that Jesus atoned for our sins forever.