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Monday, December 14, 2015

LSB 374 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

LSB 374 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child









The Undefiled
Mary demonstrated her faith embracing God the Father's declaration to her. She would carry the Christ, the Son of God, the LORD into the world.  She demonstrated her love embracing the babe himself and carrying Him in her arms. She demonstrated her humility and patience bearing the scorn and shame accompanying her calling as Virgin Mother. She demonstrated her devotion not seeking after some exalted place, but ready to be Jesus' disciple. Her testimony initiates the testimony of all the saved of all the race. Jesus, the Son of God is the Undefiled according to His Divinity and yet 100% human received through his mother, Mary, the Mother of God.
The Witnesses testify
The accounts of Jesus' conception, birth and early childhood lay out the evidence for answering the question, "Who is Jesus?" The catalog of witnesses testifying about Jesus early life give multiple, independent, and surprising accounts supporting Jesus' Divinity. The LORD arrives to begin New Creation to the earth and its people with angels and shepherds, and later, star and wise men. Each of these witnesses lend support to Gabriel's first testimony about Jesus, "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High...the child to be born will be called Holy--the Son of God." A gulf has to this moment existed between God and humanity, between prophesy and fulfillment, between promise and Real Presence, but now all the foreshadowing gives way to reality. 
Mission Accomplished
In His work to save humanity, Jesus will embrace every aspect of human brokenness, suffering, pain, rebelliousness, and sin.  He will stand as our substitute, but remain the Undefiled. He remains without sin. In that way His sacrifice actually provides the New Creation we long for.  His resurrection life and divine kingdom of grace provided now in His Church pave the way for full fellowship without spot or stain or limitation in His eternal kingdom of power, New Creation without end.
Thanks be to God 
Luke 2:7, 12, 16 
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 
Hebrews 7:26 
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 
2 Corinthians 5:21 
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 John  3:5
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 
Philippians 2:5-11
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.