Christmas is a well-celebrated event in America. In fact, Christmas is more celebrated than any thing else. The Cross and Crown pale in comparison to celebration of Christ's birth. I would like to give you a thumbnail view of these three major events from the Bible.
- The Cradle, emphasizes the incarnation of Christ. Luke 2:6-20; Isa. 7:14, 9:6 and Matt. 1:23 among others tell us of the incarnation, "God with us." The point of the Cradle is the incarnation of Christ, God entering the world through a body of flesh. (Isa. 9:6; 1 Tim 3:16)
- The Cross, emphasizes the humiliation of Christ. (Isa. 52:13 - 53:12) The cradle has no point without the Cross of Christ. He came to die for sinners. Amazingly, we can talk about the Cradle of Christ without stirring people up, but turn the subject to the death of Christ and many people will become defensive like the Jews did when they were pointed to His crucifixion in Acts 7:44-60. See Matt. 27:26-50 where Jesus was stripped, spit upon, mocked, scourged and finally crucified. This was far different from the celebration of His birth. There, angels were heard "praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Here at Calvary, God veiled the sun and it was dark on the earth from the 6th hour until the 9th hour. At the Cradle, Lu.2:9, "the glory of the Lord shone round about them." At the Cradle, He was adored, but on the Cross, He was abhorred. (Isa. 53:3, "He is despised and rejected!")
- The Crown, emphasizes the Glorification of Christ. (Col.2:9-15; 1Cor. 15:53-57; Heb 2:1-18; Rev. 19:7-16) Jesus conquered death, sin, hell, the devil and the grave in His death, burial and resurrection! The point of the Cradle was the Cross and the point of the Cross was the Crown. Thank you Lord for the Cradle, the Cross and the Crown.
May I ask a question: Have you rejoiced over His birth, and yet rejected His death on the Cross for you? The point of His birth was the power of His death.