Advent Devotional for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Character: The Lamb

Suggested reading: John 1:29b

On the night of Jesus’ birth, He was laid in a manger, a feed trough for the animals. As we see pictures of what we think the nativity looked like, we see animals surrounding the holy family—cows, goats, donkeys, and lambs. How fitting that the lambs that were in the stable laid their eyes upon the Lamb of God. I wonder how many of those lambs ended up making the trek from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to serve as sacrifice? I’m not sure, but I know that there was at least one.

Only one? Perhaps. Please understand, though, this was no ordinary lamb. This lamb was perfect in every way. He was without spot or blemish; He fulfilled every requirement of the law and really was the only one who could serve as a perfect sacrifice. His fleece was not white as snow, but He makes your soul that way. The only lamb we know who made the trek from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, who was there in the stable that night, was named Jesus.

When He was grown and about to start His ministry, John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God. This was not just a nickname. It was a name with a purpose. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world; what an amazing gift! By placing your faith in Jesus and committing to follow Him, Jesus makes your soul as white as snow.

As we celebrate this great season, let’s not overlook the Lamb.

Troy Allen, Senior Pastor