MARY’S LITTLE LAMB
No one knows the date of Jesus birth. If God had wanted us to know He would have revealed it in His word. Therefore the significance of Jesus birth is not the day or the month, but that God chose to send Him to us through the womb of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph.
While there was no fanfare involved in His birth, there are some interesting facts that we may not think about. For example, Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger (Luke 2:7). The manger was a feeding trough for animals. One of those animals was a sheep with her lambs.
Lambs have had an important role in God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. When the Passover was first observed the required sacrifice was a lamb of the first year. The priesthood, the tabernacle, and all the furnishings were sanctified by the blood of a lamb. And lambs were continually offered as the preferred sacrifice all the way up to the time of Jesus.
In Isaiah 53:7 Jesus Christ is prophesied as A lamb led to the slaughter. On the day that Jesus was baptized John saw Him coming and said Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) When Phillip met the Ethiopian on the road to Gaza, he was reading from Isaiah 53 and even asked, Of whom is the prophet speaking, of himself or some other man? (Acts 8:34). Then Peter wrote in I Peter 1:19 that we were not redeemed by corruptible things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Mary’s little lamb grew into a man who lovingly and willingly became The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.