Advent: The Cross in Christmas

By Keith Rodriguez

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Christmas! The time of year where we fondly think back on many of our most cherished memories, nostalgically decorate our homes, and eagerly spend money on presents that most of us will not remember in a years time. All of this anticipation for the day… the arrival of…PRESENTS… oh wait, I mean the Messiah. How often do we approach Christmas in this regard? And how often do we merely think of a baby in the manger, as opposed to the mighty King who has come to rule, reign and reconcile His people. As such, we will begin this advent blog series where the story seemingly ends, the cross, that horrendous tree in which the savior of the world gave up His life as a means to take up ours, and to reconcile all of the grievous sin we placed upon His shoulders.

A Miraculous Birth Given a Miraculous Meaning 

“He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteousness—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:16-17

The anticipation of the Deliverer was mounting within Palestine as each differing Jewish group, with differing political, social, and spiritual ideas collided. And yet, Jesus took a much different approach. He came, not to conquer worldly kingdoms, but rather to conquer sin through His own sacrifice. We find true meaning in the birth of this infant, which we celebrate each and every December, through the cross. If not for the cross, and the resurrection, this would be another seemingly meaningless birth, another normal human child. However, God had different plans, and different means to reconcile the people whom He would call. Therefore we can understand the miraculous birth of Christ through the miraculous meaning granted to it through the sacrifice of Jesus’ life, and His subsequent resurrection.

The Implications of Reconciliation

The cross was the means of bridging the chasm between the Father, and those whom He desires to bring into His family, and as we move closer and closer in anticipation to the celebration of the birth of Christ, let us not forget this most important aspect of Jesus’ ministry. Moreover, let us truly enjoy the Christmas season with all of its nostalgic traditions, gift giving, and cherished time with friends and family in light of the reconciliation that Jesus brought through His sacrifice. Let us not just remember a helpless infant, but rather a conquering savior who reigns and rules over His creation.

“After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied. By his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:11-12

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