The Cradle, The Cross, The King


Today marks one week until Christmas.  It is an exciting time of the year.  As we draw near this time every year, you begin to sing Christmas hymns and praise songs that focus on the birth of Jesus Christ.  I enjoy singing hymns about the coming of our Lord.  I actually wish we would sing some of these “Christmas” hymns all year round because of the truth that they convey. 

On Wednesday night, I lead worship for the youth service at my church and with only about 15 minutes that night we needed two songs that would really convey the message that I was wanting to draw attention to.  The theme, if you will, was “the humble baby, yet majestic King!”  So we sang “Away in a Manger” and transitioned into “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”  When we sing songs at Christmas we tend to focus on the baby Jesus.  But we need to go so much deeper into that than what we can skim off the surface.  When we look at Jesus at Christmas we should not look only at the cradle, but also at the cross, and even further to the Majestic King who reigns on high!  

The cradle is the beginning of the earthly side of the story of Jesus.  The beginning of the history of Jesus from our human perspective.  But this isn’t the beginning of the story.  God knew man would fall into sin and out of fellowship with Him and He planned for Jesus to be the answer and our Savior (Ephesians 1:4-6).  But we pick up the story at the manger.  The humble manger, a feeding trough, a barn, some animals, and some lowly shepherds who were social outcasts, and a virgin birth.  We know the story, or at least the Charlie Brown story.  But I think that is the problem.  We see it as a story; one that is glossed over as if it is fiction and not truth.  Like it’s a quaint little bedtime story to make us feel all warm and cozy.  But this Baby was born to die.  To be the perfect Lamb of God that would be sacrificed for the sins of the world.  Not so cozy anymore.  This humble Baby is Holy Majesty!!!

The cross  is the climax of this story of Jesus.  This is where God shows His love for the world in sentencing His Son to death (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:21).  But it was also man who sentenced Christ to death.  Man yelled “CRUCIFY, CRUCIFY HIM!” (Luke 23:21)  Man beat Him, mocked Him, scourged Him, and nailed Him to the cross.  Jesus was the only sacrifice that could be our Savior because He was the only God-man.  Jesus was Holy God, 100%.  Jesus was also man, 100%.  If we were to die for sin, it would take us all eternity to pay for our sin.  All eternity for one sin.  That is the debt and the price a Holy God demands for sin.  But yet, Jesus because He was a perfect man, could be the sacrifice for us.  And because He was also Holy God who is not bound by time, He could take on the sins of the world and take on the Holy eternal wrath of God for those sins in the time that He suffered on the cross.  It had to be Him.  It had to be the 100% man, 100% God, Jesus Christ!

Finally, we need to look at the Majesty of the King.  This is the GRAND FINALE of the story. 

“[Christ] made Himself nothing, 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.” – Philippians 2:7-11

Jesus, the humble baby, is also the Mighty King, and at His name EVERY knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and EVERY tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!!!  That is everyone who calls Him Lord and Savior now and everyone who does not call Him Lord and Savior now.  In the end, EVERYONE will BOW the knee and CONFESS with their mouths Jesus is Lord. 

Praise God for the humble Baby Jesus.  Praise God for the cross.  Praise God for the Majesty of King Jesus!

So as you sing this next week lines like, “Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head,” or “bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there,”  know that in order for Him to “fit you for heaven” He must die and you must be justified!  Also think about lines like, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name, let angels prostrate fall, bring forth the royal diadem, and CROWN HIM LORD OF ALL!” 

He is the precious Baby Jesus, but more importantly He is King Jesus!

“Oh that with yonder sacred throng, we at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown Him Lord of all!
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown Him Lo – rd of all!”

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