As we celebrate Christmas, the wonder of God’s plan still amazes. God sent his Son to a human family. God designed the family and He affirmed it.
The angels announced the birth of a Savior to shepherds watching their flocks, and gave them a sign.
The shepherds went to Bethlehem, remembering the sign. They would find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Were these the shepherds who cared for the lambs that would be sacrificed at the temple in Jerusalem? I have read that newborn lambs chosen for sacrifice were wrapped in cloths.
What was it like for the shepherds to witness Jesus, the coming sacrifice for sin, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger?
The words to a Christmas carol, written in the 14th century, expresses the wonder of our Savior’s birth..
Unto us a Boy is born,
King of all creation:
Came He to world forlorn,
Lord of every nation.
Cradled in a stall was He
‘Midst the cows and asses;
But the very beasts could see
He all men surpasses.
Herod then with fear was filled:
“A prince,” he said, “in Jewry!”
All the little boys he killed
At Bethl’em in his fury.
Now may Mary’s Son,
who came Long ago to love us,
Lead us all with hearts aflame
To the joys above us.
Omega and Alpha He!
Let the organ thunder,
While the choir with peals of glee
Rends the air asunder.
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