Born to die; to rise again. To crush the power of satan’s sin.
The Christmas story is such an amazing one. It captures the heart of people all over the world: the King of Kings sent to the world-born to a teenage girl; his father a carpenter. His first bed: a trough in which animal’s were fed. His birth announcement? To shepherds watching their flocks by night.
This story would not be of any consequence if it were not for who He was – who He is. That’s what makes it amazing.
At the time of His birth, very few knew His destiny. Looking into that manger that night, few knew that He was brought into this world with a specific destiny: to die. Just as a sacrificial animal is raised for one purpose, Jesus was born in a stable with a sacrificial appointment. His entire life was lived leading to this moment: when He would be sacrificed for the sins of man – of you and me.
A few days after His birth, Simeon held Him and said, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people.”
What did Simeon’s eyes see?
Deliverance. And, this by death. When looking at the babe in the manger, it seems cruel to think of His destiny but thank God, for it is my only hope for a future. We will take communion this week together to remember why He was born.
Every time you see the babe in the manger over the next few days, remember His destiny. For if it were not for what He did, you and I would be doomed.