I heard a true story recently.
A young man shared how he worked on a farm in Paraguay. The farm had various
crops and a few sheep. Now the ewes had just lambed and the farmer picked one
and gave it into the young man's care. The farmer said as long as he fed and
petted it, the lamb would follow him everywhere.
The farmer named it Navidad which is Spanish for the word Christmas. Sure
enough that little lamb followed the young man everywhere and he grew very fond of it.
He thought it must have been a special pet that the busy farmer had no time to
look after. He formed a real bond with Navidad - similar to a man and his
Time passed and as the end of the year approached, the young man had a
disturbing thought. Had there been any particular reason why the lamb was named
Christmas? Then the sad truth sank in. It all made sense now. Navidad was to be
offered as their Christmas dinner. His little lamb to be killed just so they
food to eat? He was truly saddened. Because the farm was poor, Navidad the
little Christmas lamb must die ... so that they might live.
For the first time in his life he understood something of how God felt when
His Son died on the cross taking on Himself the penalty of our sins. Jesus truly
died that we might live. How deeply it cut the Father's heart to offer His own
Mercifully the little lamb didn't know what would happen as it went quietly
to be slaughtered ... but Jesus did and His suffering was great. Earlier in His
ministry, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming and cried out, 'Behold! The Lamb of
God who takes away the sin of the world.' His amazing sacrifice was foretold by the prophet Isaiah in the Holy Bible. (
This is the reason why Jesus was born in that manger so long ago.
I wish you, my reader, a very happy and blessed Christmas!