“a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons…” – Luke 2:24

Have we given our two young pigeons?

Many theologians believe that Jesus grew up in a modest, if not poor, home. The evidence substantiated by Mary and Joseph’s sacrifice of two birds, instead of a lamb, upon His birth.

What a picture! Mary had just birthed the King of Glory. She now swaddled and held close the Ancient of Days. She was blessed among women. Yet, her “Thank you” of praise back to God was but a couple of pigeons.

This seems a paltry recompense for the blessing of being the favored one but it was all the young couple could muster, and surely was considered a worthy offering. How closely it ties to Christ’s commendation of one widow who gave her last penny.

We also, who have come to receive Christ, have gained the inheritance of heaven! We are part of the royal priesthood! We are clothed in white robes! We have been given a pledge of Spirit! We are favored sons and daughters soon to receive a heavenly home crafted by nail scarred hands!

And, we too are paupers, impoverished and without proper sacrifice, even as heaven has unleashed it’s goodness upon us. We cannot pay back the price of our gracious election! The divide between God’s divinity and our ability boasts a royal and insurmountable gorge; it’s middle flowing with deep falls of whitewater mercy.

We cannot give much but we should still give. Our family. Our time. Our money. Our prayer.

The two young pigeons will not purchase your redemption. Nor will it be something your world applauds. And, to many in your sphere it may appear as if another young couple is simply going about their religious diligence. But, to you it will mean much more. For your two young pigeons will carry with them a heartfelt response to the God who broke the veil between heaven and earth to enter your life. And, with joyous tears you will lay the seemingly tiny gift on the altar and proudly say, “Amen.”

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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