The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown

I’m writing from the shores of frozen Lake George this morning. All through the night I could hear geese out my window. As the sun came up, there were literally thousands of Canada geese sitting on the ice waiting to head for the cornfields. What a sight and what a sound!

Last night (Sunday) Christmas candlelight services were held at the “historic” Rose Church. It was a great celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus, and everyone enjoyed a soup and sandwich supper following the worship time.

In my message last night, I made these three points concerning Christmas taken in the Christian context:

1. We have the cradle. This is God relating to us. He came to experience life among the people he created. He experienced humanity at its level. “The Word (that is, Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

2. We have the cross. God redeeming us. Mankind was under the death sentence of sin and in need of a Savior. Man was set free by Christ’s suffering. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

3. Finally, we have the crown. God reigning over us. Jesus did not come to remain in a cradle or on a cross. He must be more than your Savior, He must be Lord of your life. “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, 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” (Philippians 2:9-11).

The Bible says “today is the day of salvation.” Is Jesus your Savior, your Lord and your King? Wouldn’t the Christmas season be a great time to give yourself to Him?

Celebrating the Gift,
Pastor Jerry

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