Last night, Day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas we heard a knock at the door, and went there to see no one, just a small gift at the door. We got a book (The Mansion by Van Dyke), and got a donkey to add to our nativity set (see more about this at http://ldsprinciples.blogspot.com/2016/12/12-days-of-christmas-day-1-behold-lamb.html). It prompted me to study some things...
We don't have anywhere in the Bible where it says that Mary rode a donkey, but an apocryphal source (Protovangelism of James) says that is what Mary rode to Bethlehem, so a donkey would have been present. But there is more symbolism to this.
Fast forward to when Christ is riding into Jerusalem a mere week before his death, to shouts of acclaim and riding a donkey. This was in fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy (and Recorded in the gospels) that he would be riding on a "colt the foal of an ass." Strong symbols of the divinity of Christ.
It also reminded me that donkeys are beasts of burden, as mentioned in a previous post, fitting that one would be present at the birth of he who would bear all our burdens.
I pray that all of us might come closer to Christ this Christmas.
I can't wait to see what comes tonight.
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