The manger or the Cross
Whenever Christmas time rolls around, many people – get excited. People get excited at extravagant colourful lighting displays;
people get excited at exquisite tree decorations; people get excited about parties; people get excited about what kind of gift will be awaiting them under the tree on Christmas Day. Yet as soon as Christmas passes though, the excitement and goodwill evaporates faster than a snowball in the Simpson Desert. But, if you look into the Bible – I mean really look, and not just at one verse – there is a truly good reason to be excited for your own life when it comes to the birth of Jesus. The Christmas story is about so much more, and it takes more than singing a few carols or a few moments at a church to fully appreciate what the Christ child means to us.
Christmas is a time for us to see and value Christ’s death and resurrection, not just His birth. His destiny was to…die a torturous death and rise from the dead three days later so we could have eternal life.
We need to paint a more complete picture than we’re used to of the Saviour who was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger: There is more than just set up the crèche and read Luke chapter two. To really see the Jesus of the manger we need to see the Jesus of Mark 4 who rules the storm, the Jesus of Matthew 27 hanging by nails on a Roman cross, and the resurrected Jesus of Revelation 5 reigning eternally victorious.
The Cross stands for all eternity as the final expression of God’s love. The sinless Son of God rejected of men and forsaken of God bearing your sins. This is the Jesus in whom you must trust to be saved. Yes, He is the child in the manger, but He is much, much more.
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”
2 Corinthians 5:21.
And, we must all deal with the Cross. How will you deal with it?