THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

Luke 1:68-79

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11

As we celebrate Christmas, we are reminded of God’s plan for His Son. Even before Jesus was born, God the Father had predestined Him to become an atonement for our sins. Because sin demands a sacrifice, Jesus was born with the purpose of becoming the sacrificial Lamb of God.

His death shook the gates of hell, eternally destroying the spiritual facade Satan had erected in hopes of leading God’s beloved astray. When Christ came to the end of His earthly life, He lifted a cup and instructed the disciples to drink. It was to become a symbol of His blood being poured out for each one of us.

Each day He lived, Jesus understood that the goal of His life was death and sacrifice. Especially at this time of year, we love to look at artists’ renderings of the birth of Christ and whisper how wondrous the event was and is. But let us never forget that even as a tiny baby, the shadow of the Cross as draped over this one child’s life. He willingly drank the sacrificial cup for each of us.

His personal covenant is sure: “Whoever believes in me shall have everlasting life.” As you celebrate Christmas, know that Jesus loves you completely. He has forgiven you so you could spend eternity in the light of His marvelous love and grace.

Lord Jesus, even at Your birth the Cross cast a shadow across Your cradle. I am so thankful You came to earth to die for me.

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