"There Is Only One Like Him"
     As a child my mother told me her rendition of many of  the stories of  Biblical heroes. Among them, of course was the story of Mary and Joseph's trip to Bethlehem to pay taxes, with the resulting event that Jesus was born in a barn. Mother always said "barn" rather than "stable", I suppose, because of her life from birth being on a farm and resulting familiarity with  barns.  
     I was always captivated with the thought that a baby was born with the sole purpose of growing up only to die for me. Death caught my attention at a very young age when my twin brothers died three months after they were born. I was only 3 years old, yet mourned deeply such a loss.
     The world has never known another person like Jesus Christ. Historically the story of a man's life begins with his birth. However, the story of the life of Christ began thousands of years before He was born.  Even in the Garden of Eden God promised a savior to the world. In the centuries since, this promise was repeated in various forms and to various people -- with the promise becoming clearer and clearer as the centuries wore on.
     Jesus was to be born of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Judah, of the family of David, of a virgin mother, in the little town of Bethlehem.  He was to die as the Lamb of God which would take away the sin of the world. All had been prophesied by men at various points along the way, in various stations in life.
     Even the Savior Himself told the people of His day that these prophecies pointed to Him. He told the recognized authorities of His day, these Old Testament Scriptures, "testify of Me." Repeatedly we see Jesus making important decisions or taking important steps "that the Scriptures might be fulfilled"
     Dr. Luke tells us that on that first Passover Sunday [we call it Easter], while Jesus walked along the road with the disciples of Emmaus, "beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself". Luke 24:27.
      Jesus, the Lamb of God, was no ordinary man. He was the Messiah, the promised Deliverer, the Savior, the Son of God. Well might we reverently confess every time we speak, the second Article of the Creed: "And we believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord!"
     Just a thought across the Garden Gate -  from Parson Don



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