The songwriter nailed it. “Born to die that man might live, came to earth new life to give.”
Jesus was born as prophesied, for a purpose, and with a plan.
Spend a few minutes and see the reflection of the cross in the crib.
At Christ’s birth, night became day — even the stars pointed the way. (Matthew 2:2; Luke 2:8-9) Day turned to night at His death — even the sun hid its face. (Matthew 27:45)
No room was found in the inn for Christ’s arrival though a new tomb was quickly provided for His death. He went from a virgin womb to a virgin tomb. (Luke 1:34; John 19:41) Seems STILL TODAY, we have room to get rid of Jesus, yet little place to welcome Him.
Interesting, isn’t it, that at Jesus’ birth, the chief priests pointed seekers to the location of the Christ, HOWEVER, at Christ’s resurrection, these same characters bribed the soldiers to tell a lie that seekers might not find Him. (Matthew 2:6; Matthew 28:12)
Mary wrapped the baby Jesus in grave clothes (swaddling rags) and laid Him in a wooden (presumably) manger. I wonder…did her thoughts go forward thirty-three years when men would lay Him on a wooden cross and wrap his body in swaddling clothes for the grave? What an amazing picture to see the swaddling clothes left lying body-less in the tomb! (John 20:6-7) From swaddling clothes to a Savior’s crown, the work that saves is DONE. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
At the crib and at the cross, we find this Mary silently marveling — silently grieving. (Luke 2:19; John 19:26) Both the coming of Jesus and His resurrection were announced to a woman. Both named Mary. Both were told to “Fear not!” (Luke 1:30; Matthew 28:5)
At His birth, Jesus broke through the veil of the woman (hymen) from the inside out, yet at His death, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom. (Matthew 27:51) Both torn veils gave man access to God; the first for a time, the second for eternity. Blood was shed in both circumstances bringing life. This is He who was “born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law.” (Galatians 4:4)
Shepherds came to the crib of Bethlehem to see the Lamb of God. At Christ’s death, the Good Shepherd went to the cross of Calvary to save His lost sheep.
At Jesus’ birth, angels proclaimed where He WAS laid. At Jesus’ resurrection, Angels declared where Jesus WASN’T lying. (Luke 2:12; Matthew 28:6) Both at the manger and at the empty tomb, the witnesses urgently went out to spread the news.
At Jesus’ birth, Wise men brought spices to celebrate this baby — At His burial, Women brought spices to prepare His body.
At Christ’s birth, the heavens celebrated as a baby cried, yet at Christ’s death, the heavens were silent as that same One cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Christ’s birth announcement was “Peace on earth goodwill toward man!” Christ first announcement to His disciples post-resurrection was “Peace be with you!” The Prince of Peace is still the solution for world peace today.
The first time Christ came, the skies broke open in song. A trumpet will sound and the same thing will happen when He comes again. Few were looking for His first coming. I wonder, whose watching now?
At His first coming, the shepherds were told to “GO and see this newborn King.” As we look to His return our hearts cry, “Even so COME, Lord Jesus.“
My friends, at the announcement of His coming, Mary was told to “Fear not!” (Luke 1:30) At His birth, the shepherds were told to “Fear not.” (Luke 2:10) At His resurrection, those at the tomb were told to “Fear not!” (Matthew 28:5) And Jesus says to His followers, “Fear not…I am coming again!” (John 14:1-3)
As you celebrate Christmas, let this be a reality in your life. “Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for ALL the PEOPLE!”