From the I Am the Clay “Story” Series
It was necessary for [Jesus] to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17 NIV
The priest who is anointed and ordained…as high priest…is to put on the sacred linen garments and make atonement for…all the members of the community. Leviticus 16:32,33 NIV
“Barnabus!” the woman called from the mouth of the cave. “It’s almost time for dinner.”
“Coming!” Her husband’s voice echoed from deep within the animal shelter.
He stepped out into the late afternoon sunlight holding a strip of cloth. “What’s that?” his wife asked.
“It appears to be baby swaddling. That young couple must have left it behind.” He handed it to her.
“My, my,” she said as she examined the cloth. “This is fine linen. Where did those poor children get this?”
“I don’t know. I guess they brought it with them, knowing she might have her baby while they were here,” he replied, closing the gate behind him. “And we don’t know that they were poor.”
“She had her baby in a stable.”
“Our stable—warm and comfortable. I tried to give them our room but they wouldn’t hear of it; insisted they would be fine.” They made their way toward the inn.
“And they were fine—a beautiful baby boy and a story they can tell their grandchildren,” she said folding the piece of cloth as they walked. “Still, I wonder where they got this linen…”