If Jesus is the Lamb of God and the Bread of Life, when and where should He be born?
Coincidence or divine plan that Jesus first and second coming would be so placed? What does it say about His birth?
One of God’s mysteries is found in the designation, Jesus is a Nazarene. He is also of the “house and lineage of David.” How does someone from Nazareth come from the “House of David?”
John the Baptist saw Jesus one day and declared, “The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The next day John say Jesus again and told two of his disciples, “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:36). The Apostle Peter wrote, “But, with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish” (1 Peter 1:19). What is the significance of Jesus being the Lamb of God and Christmas?
The concept of the lamb and the redemption of mankind has root in the deliverance of Israel out of Egyptian slavery and brought to the Promise Land. The angel of death passed over the homes of all the Jewish people who butchered a lamb and placed the blood of the lamb on the door casing of their house. The Lord God commanded Israel to remember and to celebrate the event of Passover every year. The choice of the lamb, the age of the lamb, the entire ceremony of butchering and eating the lamb is a picture of Jesus Christ.
It is not a coincidence Jesus Christ was arrested and crucified on Passover. Nor was it a coincidence Jesus Christ’s birth was in a cave on the edge of the fields of Migdol Eder, meaning “the tower of the flock” (Edersheim, pg. 186). These were no ordinary fields. The shepherds that came to see the baby born in the stable cave were no ordinary shepherds. The sheep raised in these fields were for sacrifice at Passover.
Would these sheep and shepherds be out in the field on a winter night of December? Dr. Edersheim addresses that important detail. “The same Mishnic passage [that addresses the law of the shepherds and raising sheep for Passover] also leads us to infer that these flocks lay out all the year round (Ederseim’s emphasis)… of such a coincidence, it is needless to speak” (pg. 187). He goes on to say, “There is no adequate reason for questioning the historical accuracy of this date [December 25th]. The objections generally made rest on grounds, which seem to me historically untenable” (pg. 187, footnote).
Jesus, the Lamb of God sacrificed at Passover, was born in a stable on the fields where Passover Lambs were raised. He was attended by shepherds who only raised sheep for sacrifice on Passover. It would seem extremely appropriate that believers honor and celebrate the day the Lamb of God was born in Bethlehem’s stable.
It is He “who takes away the sin of the World.”
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