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Communion Meditations (2018)

 

It's about the Cross

Originally scheduled for December 23

It is a rare thing to find a communion meditation which genuinely concerns Christmas. Christmas is so full of joy; Easter starts with the crucifixion. They don’t seem to merge too well together. The truth is, however, that Christmas is the necessary preceding event to the crucifixion. If Jesus does not come in the flesh, he cannot be our atoning sacrifice. There’s a song about this. It’s titled, “It’s about the Cross.”[1]

Here are the lyrics:

 

It's not just about the manger Where the baby lay

It's not all about the angels Who sing for him that day

It's not just about the shepherds Or the bright and shining star

It's not all about the wisemen Who travelled from afar

 

It's about the cross It's about my sin

It's about how Jesus came to be born once So that we could be born again

It's about the stone That was rolled away

So that you and I could have real life someday

It's about the cross

It's about the cross

 

The Christmas manger is the starting point of the journey to the cross. When Mary gave birth, she gave birth to God in the flesh — the incarnation. He is both fully man and fully God, and his birth was prophesied long before. This was the plan from the beginning.

This means that God is no longer distant and beyond knowing. It means that Christ is human like us and he understands our temptations, for he went through some of the same things. It means that he understands our pains; he knows what it is to get up with a bad back on a cold morning. And perhaps most human of all, he knows our weariness.

He is the unblemished human being, the only one without sin. That makes him a perfect sacrifice for our atonement. It also makes him a perfect High Priest who intercedes for us at the throne of grace. For those who have accepted Christ, he is both Lord and Savior.

The early church had a pair of watchwords. One Christian would say, “He is Risen!” The other would reply, “He is Risen indeed!” The baby in the manger became the man who would rise from the grave. Consider what he has done for you; then partake, and remember.


[1] A contemporary version by the Ball Brothers can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYSJj-EHAAk as of this writing.

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