When our family was up in Michigan last weekend we were in an area that is a literal winter wonderland - I am talking lots of snow (I hear 200+ inches a year some winters). We knew that snow was a major part of this area of the country when we were walking by the nativity scene setting outside the county building and you could barely see the baby Jesus in the manger - not because he was wrapped in swaddling clothes - but because he was covered with SNOW! We had to take a picture which is seen above.
At first I laughed at the site of the baby Jesus peeking through the snowy manger. But the more I thought about it the more I began to realize how fitting it really was. The symbolism was perfect! How so? Well, why did Jesus come to this earth and take on flesh? He did so to save sinners by dying on the cross for their sins! And remember what the Old Testament Prophet said about the forgiveness of sins?
"Though your sins be red as crimson they shall be as white as snow!"
Now this winter Michigan nativity scene became a theological proclamation - CHRISTMAS IS JESUS BEING BORN SO OUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN WHITE AS SNOW! If you have never experienced this forgiveness that comes through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I'd love to share more with you about how the story of Christmas can impact your life literally for all of eternity!
Have a MERRY and SNOWY Christmas!
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