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