Advent 3: Washed and Pure

Advent 3: Washed and Pure

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

The manger scenes that we create are so clean and cute. The animals all stare so lovingly at the family gathered there. The lambs seem to bow next to the donkey and the cow. But that first Christmas was hardly clean and cute. It was a real setting, with real, dusty animals, bleating and lowing and pushing against each other.

And the baby who became God’s own lamb, faced our own real sins that were anything but cute and clean. He took up all of our messy lives and became the sacrifice for our washing.

What do I see when I look at the manger scenes set up during this Season?

Can I picture that baby becoming the true Lamb of God, sacrificed for me?


Family Activity: Make hand made cards from Card boards and color pens

Inscribe a verse per card that resonates with forgiveness, cleansed, washed, purity and hope. Hang them as a reminder or give a few out to friends.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for washing away our sins. Thank you for the priceless sacrifice you made for us. Thank you for the forgiveness and love we have received from you in Jesus name.

About The Author

Bettie Gilbert can be found in a small town in Southeast Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband of 38 years.

You can find her blogging at  where she is seeking to be transparent with the journey that God has her traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoporosis.



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  • Praise Jesus for being willing to do what it took to make a way for the washing away of my many sins! Oh, I do love Him and thank Him for the sacrifice He made…all the way from the manger to the cross. Thank you for this beautiful thought today, sweet friend. God bless you and Ifeoma!

    • Dear Cheryl,
      Oh He is that precious Lamb of God for us isn’t He? When I think of what He has carried for me, I am overwhelmed. He has faced all of the mess and the shame for us! Thank you for your sweet words here today, friend. Blessings and Love to you too!

    • 6 years ago

    Bettie, I was thinking sort of along those lines recently, how the manger scenes look so cute with the animals looking sweetly on. But like you said it was far from clean and cute. It was probably smelly and dirty and noisy. But that’s how God chose to come. What a sacrifice He made so we could be made clean! Thanks so much for this reminder today.

    Much love with blessings and hugs! xoxo

    And thank you, Ifeoma for having this Advent series. 🙂 Blessing and love to you! xoxo

    • Dear Gayl, Yes, I love our manger scenes that we set out, and I always loved having the kids act out the story with them when they were young. But He went through so much for us, right from the very beginning, didn’t He? Thank you for your lovely comments today, my friend! Much love and Blessings to you today! xoxo

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