Jesus Came to Live, to Die, to Rise Again

In a few days it will be here.  Tree’s will be lit up with lights.  Families will be gathered together.  The smell of breakfast casserole’s will fill the air.  Present galore will be under the tree.  Christmas is two days away, and most of us will sit in the near vicinity of a nativity scene with Joseph and Mary, three wise men, shepherds, various animals, and not to be forgotten, baby Jesus.  After all, that’s what Christmas is about right?  Baby Jesus?  Wrong.

Baby Jesus is a huge part of Christmas indeed, this is the time of year we rejoice over His birth, His entrance, His advent here among us!  This is a huge event that changed the course of world history forever.  But what most of us forget during this time of year that we would do well to remember is that Bethlehem was pointing to something.  The birth of Christ calls us to remember why He came.  Why did He come?  He came to live, He came to die, He came to rise again.

To live, so that we would have a perfect righteousness imputed to us upon belief in Him.

To die, to embrace the wrath of God and pay the penalty for our sin as our substitute upon the cross.

To rise again, to usher in not only the death of death, but His kingdom here and now on earth.

Jesus, baby Jesus, accomplished these great and glorious things.  No one else could have done this, and by doing this Jesus gave us all that we need to salvation and life in Him.  He provided all He was for us, and it was more than enough.  How can we not, in view of all this, offer all of us for His glory and fame as a joyful embrace of God’s gracious gift to us in His Son?

Rejoice!  Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, ris’n with healing in His wings.  Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die! Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth! Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

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