While my wife Cheryl recovers from cancer surgery and I stay with her at UW Medical Center, two of our good friends share what God has put on their hearts.
The Lamb of GoD BY SCOTT MILNER
In the first 5 books of the Bible, Moses describes the requirement of sacrificing a lamb “without defect” to remove sin. (Lev. 22; Num. 29) “Without defect” meant not blind, no broken bones, no skin defects, not lame, no blemishes, no cuts or bruises anywhere. (Lev. 22:21-24) The sacrifice was recurring and frequent. So, a lamb without defect was highly valued and protected. A newborn lamb was examined and if without defect, aggressively guarded.
A baby lamb can injure itself in the first hours of life by energetically reacting to changes in light, temperature, and moisture. Therefore, a lamb without defect would be wrapped in binding (swaddling) cloths and placed in a V-shaped feeding trough (manger) until accustomed to the new environment, so it wouldn’t jump and bump around. Every shepherd and farmer knew that is how you care for, guard, and protect a highly valued sacrificial lamb.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, an angel appeared to some shepherds and said “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) The shepherds puzzled over what it meant. This is how we care for a sacrificial lamb, wrapped, protected. They went to see a baby and came away praising God. (Luke 2:20)
When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Revelation 3:20 quotes Jesus saying “Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone invites me in…………… I will come in…….” All we have to do is open the door and invite him in.
When Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, went to the cross, his death paid for all sin for all people forever, and that, THAT, is the original, perfect, Christmas gift and…
The reason for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Thank you, Scott, for helping us better appreciate God’s Christmas gift!