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She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21, NASB)

Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!(John 1:29, NASB)

By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10, NASB)

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12, NASB)

Last week I spent some time decorating both our tree and our home. Alone with my music, one CD after another, each brought moments in which I paused to soak in the words and beauty of each familiar song.

One song in particular had me pause for a lengthier time as the words hit hard and deep. How had I missed the profound meaning of it all? Why had I let familiarity rob me of the preciousness in this very song?

I remember the births of each of my babies. Oh the sweetness of seeing them swaddled up in warm blankets with the little caps on their tiny and soft heads. They are moments forever etched in my memory. Each birth reduced me to tears with the relief they had arrived safe and in health.

Mary gave birth, all those years ago, to her firstborn son on a manger floor.

Manger floors where sheep were born. Manger floors where each one was examined to see if they were to be set apart – set apart to be Passover lambs.

Perfect. Without blemish. Born to be a sacrifice.

How many lambs had been wrapped up to be kept perfect until the time of their sacrifice would come?

Mary gave birth that night to the Perfect One, the perfect Lamb of God. The One who alone would be the sacrifice once for all.

Mary wrapped up Jesus in swaddling, to keep Him warm, to hold Him close, recognizing He was the One. He would be the sacrificial Lamb. His blood would pay the price and bring victory over sin forevermore.

“Wrap this one up. He is the One that we adore.
Wrap this one up. He’ll wear the crown forevermore.
He’s come for you and me. He’ll finally set us free.
Wrap this one up. Wrap this one up. He’s the One.”
(from “Wrap This One Up” by Christy Nockels)
As the realization of the depth of meaning in every detail of the birth of Jesus falls fresh on us, it is no wonder we can break out in worship, singing …

“Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo!
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo!”

These days we are living in are causing many to struggle with fear as our thoughts wander. This Advent season reminds us Christ came in fulfillment of what was promised, and He will come again in fulfillment of what has been promised to us. Be encouraged as you read Fear Shouts; Love Whispers by Bev Rihtarchik HERE.


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