I don’t know if it’s because my kids are getting older, or because I tend to do most of my shopping online now instead of at the mall, or if it’s simply that my heart is changing…but this year I have found myself focused more on the birth of a child then on Santa, and stuff.
Earlier this year a new show about Jesus came into being. Called THE CHOSEN, it is a re-examining of the life of Christ, all of it paid for through the biggest crowdfunding ever raised. The show is truly special and worth seeing, if you haven’t (especially the Christmas special that started it all). But the reason I mention it, is that I recently watched a little video from them about the significance of the swaddling clothes.
All of my life I have believed that the swaddling clothes were partly an indication of the financial status of Mary and Joseph – to show that the king of the world was born like the least of us. And hey, I swaddled all of my children, it’s been a common practice among mothers for centuries. But what I didn’t know, was that the shepherds to whom the angels appeared were the shepherds who were raising the Passover lambs. These lambs had to be flawless…perfect, without blemish. And in order to ensure that they were…they were swaddled.
This Christmas as you sit down to celebrate with family and friends I pray that you spend a moment thinking about the child who was born to be the perfect sacrifice. The child who would one day die for our sins, for one reason, and one reason only…to bring us to God. For me, that is the gift I will be celebrating receiving this Christmas. Glory to God in the highest.
God bless you!
Here is a link to the Facebook page of THE CHOSEN for any of you that are interested. https://www.facebook.com/InsideTheChosen/