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December 21, 2011

posted Dec 30, 2011, 8:44 PM by Olivia Russ

A Bloody Sight

By Jamie Carte
This week's topic: The Real Meaning Of Christmas

“King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who had assembled before him were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, so many that they could not be reported or counted. And the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place in the Holy of Holies of the house, under the wings of the cherubim.” 1 Kings 8:5-6 (AMP)

What a bloody scene! King Solomon and all of Israel had gathered and were walking in front of the priests who were carrying The Ark of The Covenant, which is where God’s Presence was in that day. King Solomon had built a temple or house for God’s Presence to reside at for the people of God. And as the priests were carrying The Ark of The Covenant to this magnificent temple, ahead of them, King Solomon and the Israelites were sacrificing animals on the way to the temple! The priests were walking through Jerusalem in puddles of bloody sacrifices! So many sacrifices were sowed that day to God that the Bible says that it could not even be counted!

Today, we may not be able to comprehend why such a sacrifice was made on that day. And yet, if we look deeper we will see that it is a portrait of the bloody walk of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem. And the blood was not of other animals, but from The Lamb of God, Jesus! Jesus bled down the streets of Jerusalem through the beatings, flogging, and crown of thorns on His head. The Presence of God had come in human form to earth and was displaying His Sacrifice for all of us that day as Jesus made His bloody walk for us!

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this month, remember that the mission He came to complete was to sacrifice Himself so that we could live. Give Him your life today! This, my sisters and brothers, is the true meaning of Christmas!

Scripture Of The Day: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16 (ESV)