When it’s not all about Santa and shopping, Christmas tends to focus on the baby in the manger. We are celebrating that baby’s birth, but I think it’s time to acknowledge that the baby grew up. When I wish you a happy birthday, I don’t think about the baby you but the you I know now. I celebrate the present you, all that you mean to me, and all that you’ve done. Let’s think about all that Jesus did today as we celebrate his birthday.
Exodus 12 foreshadows the most important thing Jesus did: shedding his blood so that we could each one receive forgiveness by God’s grace through faith.
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. Exodus 12:21-23
As Paul said, Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. By his blood we are spared from the spiritual death that awaits all those who die without faith in Jesus. John the Baptist said, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Our sins can be taken away because the baby in the manger grew up and walked down the road to Calvary’s cross. Handel’s Messiah is a perennial part of Christmas celebrations and he got it right. His music didn’t end when the baby was born, but his most celebrated song celebrates the King of King and Lord of Lords who shall reign forever.