Summary: God's Will, Obedience, Trust
THEN AND NOW – Mary’s Little Lamb Becomes the Lamb of God
Luke 2:41-52 (pg. 716) December 20, 2015
One of the very first verses I remember learning went like this...
“Mary had a little Lamb
His fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The Lamb was sure to go.”
Thankfully I grew up in a Christian home and one of the first songs I learned went...
“Jesus loves me
This I know
For the Bible
Tells me so.”
Little did I know back then, that I would understand the two verses sum up God’s amazing plan for our salvation.
Mary’s little lamb...would live a perfect sinless life. The virgin born child of God would become my sacrificial lamb. This I know...the Bible tells me so.
Marv and Marbeth Rosenthal wrote this version:
Mary had the little Lamb, who lived before His birth;
Self-existent Son of God, from Heaven He came to Earth. (Micah 5:2)
Mary had the little Lamb; see Him in yonder stall—
Virgin-born Son of God, to save man from the Fall. (Isaiah 7:14)
Mary had the little Lamb, obedient Son of God;
Everywhere the Father led, His feet were sure to trod. (John 6:38)
Mary had the little Lamb, crucified on the tree
The rejected Son of God, He died to set men free. (1 Peter 1:18)
Mary had the little Lamb—men placed Him in the grave,
Thinking they were done with Him; to death He was no slave! (Matthew 28:6)
Mary had the little Lamb, ascended now is He;
All work on Earth is ended, our Advocate to be. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Mary had the little Lamb—mystery to behold!
From the Lamb of Calvary, a Lion will unfold. (Revelation 5:5,6)
When the Day Star comes again, of this be very sure:
Marv & Marbeth Rosenthal
From Genesis to Revelation there is a cord that holds it all together...then and now...His name is Jesus....
Let’s start with Jesus’ life here on earth
I. FROM BIRTH TO ADOLESCENCE
Christmas is often referred to as “ADVENT” in many churches.
Advent is defined as “The arrival of a notable person thing or event.”
In my 55 years we’ve celebrated the “advent” of Rock & Roll, computers, smart phones, a new millennium...and dozens of other things.
Christmas at its basis is the celebration of God’s arrival here on earth...It’s wrapped up in Luke 2 verse 6 & 7. “While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem...the time came for the baby to be born and she wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger.”
Isaiah prophesied 800 years before Jesus birth to be discovered, up until that time the most current manuscript we had from the Old Testament was copies 800 years after Jesus’ birth...In this discovery in 1946 was an entire manuscript of the book of Isaiah, written 135 years before Jesus’ birth...and it was almost an exact replica.
What did Isaiah prophesy?
ISAIAH 9:2; 6-7 (p. 479)
It’s why when Jesus is 8 days old according to Jewish law Joseph and Mary bring Him to the temple for dedication, they offer a sacrifice to God of two young doves or pigeons.