In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been thinking not about Jesus’ birth but his death. I suppose it’s because you can’t have one without the other.
It’s also because Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was to die for our sins, and the purpose of his death was to rise again. This makes Jesus unique among humankind, as well as unique among gods. I know no other who was born in order to die, and who died for the express purpose of rising to life again.
I know no other who was born in order to die.
Christmas is traditionally a time of celebrating Jesus’ birth. But this Advent, as I prepare for his arrival, I’m celebrating his death as well. It might seem a little odd to be having an Easterly celebration at Christmas time, but in my mind, the two are deeply connected. Both are a mystery and a wonder.
I’ve been so taken with this notion of Christmas being inextricably linked with Easter that I wrote a song about it. It’s called Crib to Cross, and it’s about Jesus’ journey from the manger to the grave. He came to save us, his death and resurrection on the cards even before he was born. What a gift to us. What a Saviour.
I wrote a song about it, called ‘Crib to Cross’.
I marvel at God’s idea of salvation: becoming like one of us, becoming an infant, becoming vulnerable. It’s the antithesis of our notions of a God and King. We might imagine such a powerful Saviour would take over the world, dominating every ruler and nation with the force of his might, even showing off, in order to bring all peoples under his lordship.
Instead he became a baby and laid down his life for us.
He became a baby and laid down his life for us.
Incredible, isn’t it? When I reflect anew on the wonder of Christ’s birth and sacrifice, I cannot help but worship. That’s why I wrote a song about it. I must express my love for him, the King who showed his love for us by holding nothing back from us.
Hopefully I will be able to share Crib to Cross with you before long. In the meantime, I hope you experience afresh the love of Christ this Christmas, the devotion of our King who cried in a crib, our Saviour who conquered all by dying on a cross, our Lord whose resurrection has reconciled us to God.
May you know the peace, hope, love and joy of the Spirit this Christmas.
What do you think of around Christmas time? Have you ever linked Christmas with Easter? What does Jesus’ birth mean to you? Share your story. Let’s have a countercultural conversation.
NEWSFLASH: This blog has been part of a Christmas synchroblog in conjunction with other Omega Christian Writers. To read their Christmassy blogs, please click on their respective links below:
By Mercy and Truth – Dienece Darling: https://www.dienecedarling.com/post/by-mercy-and-truth-devotions-with-dienece
Let’s Celebrate – Susan Barnes: https://www.susanbarneswriter.com/lets-celebrate/
An Unexpected Rescue – Tamika Spaulding: https://www.hisherd.com/our-stories/an-unexpected-rescue