Have you ever thought that our creche scenes should also include a cross in them? Christmas is nothing unless it is connected to Calvary. And this is the way that it was meant to be. Consider the words of Scripture:
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in 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 . . .” Philippians 2:5-9 ESV
St. Paul connects the nativity of Christ with the Cross of Christ! Jesus our God and Savior emptied himself in order to become one with us. He took on human form. He is both God and man. The conception and subsequent birth of Christ are the beginning of Christ’s active obedience under the Law of God on our behalf.
We rejoice because God in His love for each of us was willing to do what was needed to be done to save us. We rejoice because we have a high priest who understands our temptations and knows our sins and still loves us. We rejoice because Jesus urges us to draw near to Him and receive forgiveness, comfort, and life eternal. The writer of the book of Hebrews encourages us with these words:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV
Christmas is truly a great time to celebrate God’s love for us in all of its depth and meaning!