Cradle to Cross
The reality of living in a family is not always easy. When imperfections and human failure come to the surface, we have to learn what it truly means to love one another. Many verses in the bible elude to just how hard that can be and provide much wisdom for walking through life with one another.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are
godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful
not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each others burdens, and in this way
obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT)
As we move into the Christmas season, our focus will turn to the very familiar yet
astounding story of Jesus’ birth. However, one name is used uniquely in this story to describe Christ
Immanuel which means “God with us”
As we embrace and celebrate His presence among us I wonder if we will fail to recognize the implications of it. God Himself came and dwelt in the flesh as a baby born into a physical, human family.
Though not a lot is recorded about Jesus’ childhood and upbringing in scripture, we can suppose they were much like any other human family. The few glimpses scripture provides us into Jesus’ family dynamics reveal they certainly did not possess angelic qualities and even failed to truly recognize who Jesus was (John 7:3-4; Mark 3:21; Luke 2:41-52).
He was born into and dwelt in the very presence of brokenness and sin.
Though the cross is indeed a great portrayal of the grace of God towards mankind, the cradle itself is just as much a symbol of redemption. Without the cradle there would be no cross
and, in like manner as the cross, it reveals the heart of God to redeem mankind back into
relationship with Him.
Easter may be toted as the holiday in which we become most aware of God’s love in His precious gift of a Saviour, but we must recognize Christmas as the same.
God chose to dwell among us, as a baby in a cradle, so that He could eventually offer salvation to us through the cross.
His Spirit now indwells everyone who believes in and receives Christ’s finished work on the cross. This leads Him to find Himself again living within human brokenness and failure yet remaining the answer for it. He chooses not to stay away but to truly be a God who is with us.
This Christmas, as we praise God for all He is and has done may an even deeper sense
of His grace and unrelenting love cover you in this season.