Advent 2014 – 5 days ’til Christmas

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

swaddling clothsCHRIST IS KING!

Baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling cloths. It seems this was a practice that ensured the child rested well and the limbs would grow straight.

Ezekiel 16:4-5 refers to Israel and swaddling cloths in metaphoric terms:

And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.

purple scarlet robeIt is evident that this metaphor shows that the lack of swaddling denotes neglect and rejection. The Lord Jesus was clearly neither.

That aside, Jesus’ attire past and future:

  • swaddling cloths at his birth
  • purple/scarlet robe leading to his crucifixion Luke 23:11 Mark 15:17-18
  • linen cloths in death John 20:5-7
  • and Christ’s attire and accoutrements when he comes in glory Revelation 19:11-16:
    —riding a white horse
    —eyes like a flame of fire
    —many diadems on his head
    —clothed in a robe dipped in blood
    —from his mouth a sharp sword
    —on his robe and thigh written: King of kings and Lord of lords

And the attire of the church:

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Revelation 19:6-8

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