DIG for Thursday the 25th of December……even the swaddling clothes was a picture of His death…..Luke 2 v 7

If you have been reading my DIGs for a while or listened to some of my Christmas sermons you will know that I believe that Jesus was not born in a stable by an inn, but in Migdal Eder, the place near Bethlehem where the temple sacrificial lambs were born.

The place of His birth pointed to His death, pointed to the fact that He was born to die as a sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1 v 19).

A brother told me to read up about how they treated lambs when they were first born, telling me it fitted in with my theory about His birth.

So I read some articles about this and it is very exciting.

According to the Mishnah (an early Jewish “commentary” noting down oral traditions of the Jewish faith) the sacrificial lambs were wrapped in swaddling cloths immediately after their birth.

This was to protect them and keep them safe, so that they could be presented to the temple without spot or blemish.

The shepherds who first saw Jesus were the temple shepherds and the typology of these circumstances would not have been lost on them.

They were told that Jesus was the Christ, that He was the Lord, and that He had come to be their Saviour (Luke 2 v 11).

They were also told that there would be a sign for them, with the sign being Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Finding Jesus born in the same place as the sacrificial lambs, wrapped up in swaddling clothes like a sacrificial lamb and lying in a manger like a sacrificial lamb could have only pointed to one thing; that Jesus was born to be a sacrificial lamb.

He was born to die for the sins of the people, but we know that He would only do this once, for all sins forever (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Jesus was THE sacrificial lamb, and He was our sacrificial lamb.

The place and manner of His birth clearly points to this.

He came to save the people (all people if they trust in His finished work) from their sins; He came to bring reconciliation and forgiveness.

He did this by shedding His blood and dying on the cross (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

The other sacrificial lambs could only cover sin but Jesus as THE sacrificial lamb dealt with it once and for all, and I believe that the temple shepherds were the firs people to recognise this.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus was my sacrificial lamb, ad thank you that all my sin has been dealt with”.

Luke 2 v 7…..And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn

DIG for Wednesday the 24th of December…..sit and rest, He will do the rest…..Ruth 3 v 18

I wrote in DIG recently about Boaz being a picture of Jesus and I preached on this at MGF today.

After the service a sister came up to me looking really excited and said, “Look at Ruth 3 v 18”.

I had read the whole of Ruth a number of times preparing for the message yet Ruth 3 v 18 did not impact on me as it did when I read it after the service.

Ruth had asked Boaz to be her redeemer (Ruth 3 v 9) and then returning home told Naomi all that had occurred.

Naomi told her to rest and wait for Boaz to finish his work with regards to being her redeemer.

Jesus is our redeemer and like Boaz, His work is now completed.

Boaz completed what he needed to do in order to redeem Ruth, Jesus has done all He had to do to redeem mankind.

He went to the cross and shed His blood for our redemption (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Ruth could do nothing to redeem herself, that was the role of her kinsman redeemer.

In the same way there was nothing we could do to redeem ourselves, we could not deal with sin in order to bring about reconciliation and forgiveness.

Jesus was the only one who could do this for us.

The same is true of our ongoing salvation i.e. healing, joy, peace, prosperity etc.

Faith in belief in Jesus and His finished work is what is required for our ongoing salvation; we simply rest and let His finished work be enough.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that my “job” is to rest and enjoy the benefits”.

Ruth 3 v 18…..Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day