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The Cradle and The Cross

“The Cradle and The Cross” — What do these mean to you? The CRADLE is a picture of new life and the CROSS is a picture of death. As we consider the cradle and the cross we see the true reason for this Christmas season—it is all about CHRIST.

The angel, speaking to Joseph says,  And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

One of my favorite Christmas hymns was written by Ron Hamilton called “Born to Die[1].” Consider the words of the chorus:

Born to die upon Calvary, Jesus suffered my sin to forgive; 
Born to die upon Calvary, He was wounded that I might live.”

In these words we see the cradle and the cross.  As Jesus was born the cross cast its shadow over the cradle. This was the purpose for which Christ was born—He was born to die.

This sounds quite depressing if the story ended here. The great reality is that Christ’s death was not the stories’ end but a pivotal moment within the narrative of Christ’s provision for our salvation. The cross is EMPTY and so is the tomb as it could not hold Him. Christ has conquered death and has risen from the grave, just as He said He would (Matthew 16:21; 26:31-32).

The purpose for which Christ came to this earth was to die, to pay the penalty for our sin—which He did. BUT then He rose again the third day, victorious over death leaving the tomb EMPTY as evidence of a risen, living Savior.

Don’t overlook the journey from the cradle to the cross. Stop and look upon the EMPTY cross and see all the suffering Christ bore on your behalf. Then keep going from that tree to the tomb. Again, stop and look inside and see Him there no more and rejoice for He lives! But there is more…continue on from the grave to the glorious mount as He ascended, returning to the Father.

From the cradle to the cross we see how Christ lived as a perfect Example and He died as a perfect Sacrifice. In that He triumphs over the tomb we see that He lives as a conquering King and He saves as a sufficient SAVIOR.

Remember that there is a CHRIST in CHRISTmas for a reason. HE is the REASON for this season. Celebrate HIM as the greatest gift ever given. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Because of Christ’s death on the CROSS we can enjoy the CRADLE of a new life in Christ—a life with Christ that never ends—a life with Him here on this earth and in heaven for eternity.

Do you have a relationship with Christ? Have you received this greatest gift that is eternal life? Consider Christ’s words to a religious man searching for answers about life. Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) The Bible says elsewhere, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Have you responded to Christ when He says, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest [peace]” (Matthew 11:28). Christ’s call requires a response. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) But as many as received Him [JESUS], to them gave He power to become the sons of Godeven to them that believe on His name: (John 1:12)

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in CHRIST alone for salvation won’t you consider doing that today? This Christmas enjoy the greatest gift ever given—His name is JESUS. He will never fail you for in Him alone is contentment, peace, joy, and love that truly transcends all understanding—in Him alone is true life that never ends. Consider reading “How Do I Get to Heaven” for additional insight.

Join with me this Christmas season and make JESUS the center—allow CHRIST to be at the center of your CHRISTmas.

[1] Copyright 1980 by Majesty Music, Inc.