Advent: Day 22

Daily Office Lections: Genesis 3:8-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. --- John 3:16

We are about to celebrate the arrival of the King born in a manger. God loved us so much that he sent his Son into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it. Out of love, He gave us his Son Jesus Christ, ultimately to die for our sins on the Cross, to trample down death by his own death and resurrection.

And even at his birth, there are hints of his death. His name is Jesus which means "The LORD saves." And how is it that he saves us? It is through his precious blood poured out in death at Calvary. When he's born, he's wrapped in swaddling clothes which points to the wrappings given him at his burial. Jesus was born, according to tradition, in a cave, which points to the tomb in which he would be buried and from which he would arise. And in a cave, among ox and ass, is laid in a manger, the Lamb of God, the unblemished sacrifice, that would take away the sins of the world.

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