by Barbara Latta
The Manger and the Mercy Seat - The Heartbeat of Christmas Part 3
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9: 12-14).
Hay crunched in the donkey’s mouth as she partook of the offering in the manger. A young
kid pushed his way into the feeding area and
began to share the meal. Moans were coming from the woman lying nearby, but the
animals continued their feast. A cry echoed throughout the stable and the
four-legged creatures turned to see what disturbed their munching.
|The manger brings us the mercy seat.|
Fresh straw was laid inside the stone trough they were eating from. A small bundle wrapped in strips of cloth was laid within their banquet area. A donkey gently nosed the tiny head and her nostrils were filled with the hint of salt rubbed on the baby to cleanse Him from the birth.
Not far away, the night sky was full of light and angels sang praise to God.