The focus this time of year is on the Cradle, the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course, I am not talking about the commercial side of the season. The average Church is focused on the Story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem many years ago. The truth is, Jesus made a full circle coming from Heaven to earth and then back to Heaven from earth. Before there was an Earth, Jesus was in Heaven! Before there was a man on the Earth, Jesus was in Heaven. There are several indisputable verses that reference Jesus being with the Father in eternity before He came to Earth, such as John 17:5; John 1:1-2 and Phil. 2:6 Then there are the verses that use the pronoun “Us” such as Gen. 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our own image…” and Gen. 11:7 “Let Us go down, And there confound their language…” My point is that Jesus existed before He came to be born in Bethlehem. These three things point from one to the other and end with Jesus right back in heaven on the throne where He was all along.
- There had to be a Cradle. The cradle represents His incarnation. Phil. 2:6 “And was made in the likeness of men.” The cradle of Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament. Please read Isa. 7:14, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Chapter 9:6 also states “For unto a child is born, unto us a Son is given…” Please read the rest and see that this is Jesus Christ.
- There had to be a Cross. The Cradle points to the Cross, and without the incarnation of Jesus, the Cross would be ineffective. The Cradle has no value apart from the Cross. Jesus was not born to live! He was born to die! Notice back in Isa. 9:6, Not only was a child born, but a Son is given. That is fulfilled in John 3:16 and many other verses. He had to die for the sins of the world, else the cradle was of no consequence. The Cross represents Salvation for mankind, and any religion that leaves out the death of Jesus Christ for sin is a false religion that saves no one. Acts. 4:12, “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
- The Cross points to the Crown. If Christ had only come to the cradle, and gone to the cross to die, there would be no victory over sin for man. He had to be victorious over Sin, Death, Hell and the Grave. He had to be resurrected and defeat the last enemy, Death. 1 Cor. 15:54 “Death is swallowed up in victory.” V55, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” V57, “But thanks be unto God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Heb. 2:9; Col. 2:13-15
Do not leave out the Cross and Crown as you celebrate the Cradle. Jesus came in time and on purpose and He went back in Power and will return again in Power. May God bless you as you think upon His Cradle, His Cross and His Crown!