I’ve been thinking about the bookends, so to speak, of Jesus’ life on this earth before His resurrection. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the first person to think of this, nor will I be the best at explaining it. I just wanted to write this idea down and see if I’m wrong or if there’s things that I’m missing.
To say that a pattern of 3’s occurs in the Bible is an understatement. We have the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). God created us with body, mind and soul. The creation account can be broken down into 2 different sets of 3 days. Jesus was 33 when He died for us and His ministry was 3 years long. These are just a few of the many, many examples.
As for the bookends I mentioned earlier, I’ve been thinking about them all Advent. Jesus has three different things with Him at His birth and death. His only possessions, if you would, are: dung, blood and wood.
1. Dung at birth was from animal vs. dung at death was our sins.
2. Blood shed at birth was Mary’s vs blood shed at His death was His blood shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins.
3. The wood at the birth was the manger He was laid in vs the wood at His death was the cross which He carried.
Sufjan Stevens does a bang-up job with this Christmas Hymn. Merry Christmas everyone!
“He did not, as one might have imagined, send to men any servant, or angel, or ruler, or any one of those who bear sway over earthly things, or one of those to whom the government of things in the heavens has been entrusted, but the very Creator and Fashioner of all things—by whom He made the heavens—by whom he enclosed the sea within its proper bounds—whose ordinances all the stars faithfully observe—from whom the sun has received the measure of his daily course to be observed— whom the moon obeys, being commanded to shine in the night, and whom the stars also obey, following the moon in her course; by whom all things have been arranged, and placed within their proper limits, and to whom all are subject—the heavens and the things that are therein, the earth and the things that are therein, the sea and the things that are therein—fire, air, and the abyss—the things which are in the heights, the things which are in the depths, and the things which lie between.”
Mathetes to Diognetus
“The immortal soul dwells in a mortal tabernacle; and Christians dwell as sojourners in corruptible [bodies], looking for an incorruptible dwelling in the heavens. The soul, when but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christians, though subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number. God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake.”
* Note: [a.d. 130.] The anonymous author of this Epistle gives himself the title (Mathetes) “a disciple of the Apostles,” … read more here.
“All the generations from Adam even unto this day have passed away; but those who, through the grace of God, have been made perfect in love, now possess a place among the godly, and shall be made manifest at the revelation of the kingdom of Christ.”
Clement of Rome
“And we, too, being called by His will in Christ Jesus, are not justified by ourselves, nor by our own wisdom, or understanding, or godliness, or works which we have wrought in holiness of heart; but by that faith through which, from the beginning, Almighty God has justified all men; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Clement of Rome