Lk.2:12 – And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

That’s the way it is with the kingdom of heaven, everything was right there, just under our noses, but we had no clue about the things of the kingdom of God. Jesus was there in Nazareth, God in human flesh, for thirty years and no one even knew. He opened blind eyes but the spiritually blind remained all around Him. He cleansed the lepers but multitudes remained in the filthiness of their sin. He even raised the dead at least three times and the world was still crammed full with people dead in their sins. So here we are again at the manger scene, the Lamb of God born to die as a sin offering, born among lambs and even dressed in the swaddling clothes of a temple lamb born to die. Could God have been any more obvious? i hardly think so. Still the multitudes couldn’t see it, they still can’t see it though His birth in a manger is still the focus of the world every year on Christmas Day. Here is how Barclay describes His birth.

“It was to simple men of the fields that God’s message first came. But these were in all likelihood very special shepherds. We have already seen how in the Temple, morning and evening, an unblemished lamb was offered as a sacrifice to God. To see that the supply of perfect offerings was always available the Temple authorities had their own private sheep flocks; and we know that these flocks were pastured near Bethlehem. It is most likely that these shepherds were in charge of the flocks from which the Temple offerings were chosen. It is a lovely thought that the shepherds who looked after the Temple lambs were the first to see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

So who received the announcement of the birth of the Lamb of God? It was temple shepherds tending their sacrificial lambs in the fields near Bethlehem. What did they find when they came to Bethlehem? The Lamb of God, this was a picture of the purpose of their lives, to raise sheep for sin offerings. So there He was, hidden in plain sight, the Lamb of God born among the lambs of God. Could the Lord have been more obvious? I hardly think so but still the vast majority of people cannot see it though He is right there, hidden in plain sight.

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