Just two days before Christmas, I went out to visit the old neighborhood. By good fortune, I was able to greet the shepherdess...who was carrying these two beautiful newly born ewes!
After capturing these pics and patting their heads, I couldn't help but think that at the same time next year, these sheep would probably be someone's New Year's feast...maybe mine!
But don't you think that it's a strange time of year for a lamb to be born. It's cold and it's almost the end of December...aren't baby animals born in the spring?!
But then it came to mind...it's Christmas! Wasn't it around this time 2000 years ago that another lamb was born? The Lamb of God?! King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
He was born in a lowly humble state, with a birth not that much different from these little guys. "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." Luke 2:7
And not only did he enter the world like in humility, but he died in same way, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." Isa 53:7
These sheep will be killed so that people can feast, but the Lamb of God was killed so that our sins could wiped away, clean forevermore . "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool". Isa 1:18
This Christmas, I hope you can join with me in proclaiming these words of the angels and voices of heaven:
... "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing" Revelation 5:12