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Good Tidings of Great Joy

Image of a wooden angel with the words "then the angel said to them "do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people, Luke 2:10" in cursive
"Then the angels said to them, "Do not be afraid for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people." ~Luke 2:10

In Ancient Israel, mangers were made of stone, used mainly as feeding troughs but also great for protection. Unblemished newborn lambs were wrapped tightly in cloths and laid in the manger to be kept safe until they were used in sacrifice for sins in the temple. Bethlehem was famous for these perfect lambs. Wow! This makes this passage in Luke 2 even more significant! The angels came to the SHEPHERDS in BETHLEHEM - the only time mangers were mentioned - they would immediately understand the parallel! This baby would be the perfect Lamb of God - the Messiah who would sacrifice His life for the sins of the whole world. He wasn't just a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger, He was GOD; perfect, sinless and Holy, humbling Himself to become the perfect sacrifice to reconcile us back to Himself. (excerpts from writing by Hilaria Hamm Rodgers)

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” ~Luke 2:11-12

This holy night wasn't silent, it was full of rejoicing and song and praise! How ironic that the same men who were outcasts from Jewish society, were trusted to protect the unblemished lambs destined for the temple. God was breaking down that stereotype - imagine! The message longed for by all - they were the first to hear! What joy!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" ~Luke 2:14
Have a blessed day!

Bev

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