The Cradle and the Cross

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Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phil. 2:5-11
Jesus came to this earth bloodied,  naked and crying. And He left this earth bloodied, naked and crying. Both his birth and his death were sacrifices.
The sacrifice He made to come to earth meant that he left His home in Heaven to become a helpless and dependent baby only to grow up and face all the challenges we, as humans, encounter today. The purpose? To be a servant while he walked on earth and, in the ultimate act of sacrifice, to die a death that He didn’t deserve- A death that was meant for sinners like me and for you.
So, as we celebrate his birth, let us never overlook the purpose of this miraculous event- a blameless life that led to the cross in order to defeat the sting of death so we may have fellowship with our Creator. Praise be to God for He has done great things!
 
I love the song, “Carry Your Name”. Take a moment to listen and watch. The words to the chorus (below) are simply stated, but oh so true! It reminds me of the extravagant love God has for each and everyone of us and that we, as believers, carry His name.
 
No greater love
God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name
Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus
 

 

 
 
 
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