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The Christ Child ~ the Lamb that was Slain – Dec. 05

Meditation for the Soul ~

Behold the lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world.
~ John 1:29 ~
You were ransomed from the futile ways
inherited from your forefathers,
not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 
but with the precious blood of Christ,
like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
~ 1 Peter 1:18 ~

Reflection for the Mind ~

In twenty days we will celebrate the arrival of Immanuel, God with us. For all the wonder within me as I “peer” into the manger at the Christ Child, I can’t help but see the One who would become the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world. There is a mixture of joy and sorrow… and then joy again as I recall all that would take place over the next thirty-three years of Jesus’ life on earth.

I believe it’s healthy, even necessary to remember the whole story at Christmas. It shouldn’t rob us of the ability to celebrate whole-heartedly at the wonder that God entered the world as an infant. At the same time, our hearts should be deeply impacted by the reason He came. It was not to inaugurate an annual gift-giving holiday but to fulfill the crippling debt against humanity because of our sin. He paid that debt in full by giving His life as a ransom for many, (Mark 10:45).

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, You were the babe in the manger… AND You are the Lamb of God, who came to take my sin upon Yourself and ransom my life. There is no adequate way to say thank You. My life belongs to You because You purchased it with Your precious blood. How do You want me to think and feel as I move a day closer to Christmas? How can I hold the tensions inherent in Your story so that You receive the glory You are due? Let the joy of Christmas abound in me, and let the costly price that babe in the manger would pay, keep me humble and deeply grateful.

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