Saturday, December 10, 2011

born to die

Today as I baked 15 dozen cut-out cookies I listened to Christmas music.  As one song after another played, words from a Jars of Clay song made me stop and listen.

In the middle of all the mess, all the flour and all that was yet to be done I was overcome with the realization of what Mary and Joseph may have known the night Jesus was born.

They had been taught about Messiah and the fulfillment of prophesy.  And holding this child created by immaculate conception, did they know who their baby was?  The lyrics below are what made me listen.

oh, mary, joseph, rest your eyes
try not to think of the ending
world full of empty, He will die
but tonight He is still just a child

you gave birth to the death that would bring us to life
and did the mystery keep you awake...

I wondered if they understood that this was the promised Christ Child -  I guess I had never really focused on that before.  Holding the little baby, did they know his life would be given as the sacrifice for us all?  

His life was required, even for his own parents sin.

... the weight of this knowledge would be almost unbearable.

Christmas ...many layers of sacrifice.  She gave birth to the death that would bring us to life. 

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