In this Season of Wonder – Christmas as many of you I have been thinking of gift giving. A young woman on Facebook gave me pause to “Wonder” more deeply. Today I am sharing with you what she wrote. I hope it also causes you to “Wonder” as well.
For unto us a child is born, To us a son is given. . .
Recently, I have been thinking about the swaddling clothes Mary
wrapped Jesus in at the time of his birth. Specifically, I thought,
“WHERE” did she get the swaddling? Have you ever wondered about
Everyone knows that Jesus was born in a manger, and the 2nd chapter of
the gospel of Luke says that he was wrapped in “swaddling clothes” and
laid in a manger. Even today, hospitals use a cloth that they call a
“swaddling” cloth. Unfortunately, it’s a misnomer that will soon be
over 2,000 years old, because “swaddling clothes” have nothing to do
with a child being born!
In the Middle East, people traveling long distances were often met
with many hardships and trials on their journeys. In the event of a
death in travel, the body could not continue to be transported for
many days. For that reason, travelers wrapped a thin, gauzelike cloth
around their waist many times. If someone died on the journey, the
others would use this cloth, referred to as “swaddling clothes” to
wrap the body in before burying them.
When Jesus was born, there was no room in the Inn, and so Mary and
Joseph used a nearby stable for Jesus’ birth. With no other cloth to
use, Jesus was wrapped in Joseph’s “swaddling clothes” – the cloth
normally reserved for a person’s death.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords came into this world in a lowly
manger and was wrapped with burial clothes – in truth, He was born to
die. He was born to die for the sins of all mankind.
When you celebrate Christ’s birth this Christmas season, keep in mind
that even in birth, He was preparing for death – his ultimate reason
for coming to earth – to save us from our sins.
Leanne the Urban Hermit