The Cradle and The Cross
November 25, 2014
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger (cradle).” -Luke 2: 15-16
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” -St. John 18: 36-37
How thankful we are during this season called Christmas! It is the time that we reflect on the gift (His Son) that God presented to mankind. Luke tells us that when the shepherds got the news from the angels that they went in a hurry to see that which had been promised and now that which has come to pass. They went to Bethlehem and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe (Jesus) lying in a cradle.
The cradle was important because it was a sign for all the world to know that this baby was the Christ, the Son of God which had been promised to come. He was not born to stay in the cradle but to bear the Cross.
Therefore Jesus shares with Pilate after he had been arrested that for this cause (the cross) was I born that I should bear witness of the truth. From the time I was wrapped in swaddling clothe and laid in the cradle, I knew that I must bear the Cross of Calvary. The Cross, not the cradle is the symbol of Salvation. The Cross, not the cradle is the place where Jesus paid it all. The Cross, not the cradle is where Jesus died for our sins. The song writer said At the Cross, not the cradle, but At the Cross, At the Cross, where I first saw the Light and the burdens of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith, I received my sight and now I am happy all the day.
Thank God for the cradle, but I praise Him for the CROSS.
A LITTLE BOY AT THE CIRCUS WITH HIS MOTHER WAS TOLD TO STAND NEAR AS SHE WENT INTO THE RESTROOM. WHILE IN THE RESTROOM THE CLOWNS OF THE CIRCUS PASSED BY AND THE LITTLE BOY WITH EXCITEMENT FOLLOWED THE CLOWNS AND WAS SEPERATED FROM HIS MOTHER WHEN SHE RETURNED FROM THE RESTROOM. THE MOTHER SEARCHED AND COULD NOT FIND HIM, AND WITH A HEAVY HEART WENT TO REPORT TO THE POLICE THAT HER SON WAS MISSING. THEY TOLD HER TO GO HOME IN CASE HE SHOWED UP AT HOME. MEANWHILE THE CIRCUS ENDED AND THE POLICE AT THE CIRCUS FOUND THE LITTLE BOY CRYING, I CAN’T FIND MY MAMA. THE POLICE ASK THE LITTLE BOY WHAT’S YOUR ADDRESS? HE SAID, I DON’T KNOW MY ADDRESS. THE POLICE ASK THE BOY, WHAT’S YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER? THE BOY REPLIED WE DON’T HAVE A PHONE. THE POLICE ASK, THE BOY WHAT’S YOUR MOTHER’S NAME? THE BOY SAID, HER NAME IS MAMA. FINALLY, THE POLICE ASK THE LITTLE BOY IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? HE SAID ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE IS A CHURCH AND ON TOP OF THE CHURCH THERE IS A CROSS. MR. POLICE IF YOU CAN GET ME TO THAT CROSS, I CAN GET HOME!
That’s why Jesus came to get us to the Cross, so we can get Home!
Prayer: Thank you God for humbly coming to earth in a cradle and for giving up your life so that we might have life abundantly. Amen.
Reverend Rodney Perry