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This Christmas, I'd like to present a different view of Jesus' birth. Please notice that the devotion I offer this month will also follow this thought pattern. You can find that by clicking on the devotion link from the home page.

When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God gave them specific instructions about the sacrificial lamb that would release them from their slavery. This pictured the Messiah who would release people from the slavery of sin.

Jesus was born in a stable where a lamb would be born. Shepherds were his first visitors. He grew up and was set apart as the sacrifice Lamb. John the Baptist introduced Jesus by saying, “Here he is, God's Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world!” (John 1:29b).

Notice the following comparison between the Passover lamb and Jesus:

 The Passover lamb was without defect.
Jesus was without sin.

 By faith, the people applied the blood of the Passover lamb to escape death.
By faith, we must trust in the blood sacrifice of Jesus to have everlasting life.

 They led the Passover lamb to the temple area on the tenth day of Abib.
Jesus took the same route as the Passover lamb on the same day—what we call Palm Sunday.

 They observed the Passover lamb from the tenth to the fourteenth day of Abib.
Jesus cleansed the temple on the tenth and endured three trials during the next days.
Pilate said, I find no basis for a charge against him” (John 18:38b).

 The community agreed to slaughter the Passover lamb.
All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" (Matthew 27:25).

 They were not to break the Passover lamb’s bones.
“He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken” (Psalm 34:20).
“The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs” (John 19:32-33).

 Gentiles and Jews all had to show faith in God’s Word by obeying His commands and applying the blood of the Passover lamb.
Jesus died for all people. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 Jesus died on the same day and the same time as the Passover lamb.
The priest blew the shophar (ram's horn) when the Passover lamb died at 3:00 P.M. Some say at that time the priest said, “It is finished.” At that exact time, Jesus cried out from the cross, "It is finished."

This December 25th, let's celebrate the birth of the sacrifice Lamb, Who made it possible for us to live!

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