Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Christmas Gift of Jesus' Sacrifice


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’ve always celebrated Christmas as the time of Jesus’ birth. It’s a joyful time—after all, when is the birth of a baby not a reason to celebrate? It’s marked with angel choruses, gifts of the magi, and celebration to end all celebrations.

In contrast, I’ve always approached Easter as a more somber time—certainly a time of ultimate triumph. But one that was preceded by the agony of Jesus on a cross. To me, Easter was when Christ laid down His life for us.

Now I’ve begun to look at things a little differently.

Recently, I challenged by a friend to view Christmas in a new light. She pointed out that His birth on earth was when Jesus left His Heavenly glory.

The more I considered this, the more sharply I saw the contrast of His life in Heaven. I had always looked at Christmas as a gift—which it is—instead of seeing past the present to the sacrifice it must have been. Jesus’ birth truly was the time when He laid down His life for us.

These are my thoughts on what Jesus really sacrificed by coming into this world:
  • He exchanged Heavenly robes for swaddling garments of ragged cloth.
  • He exchanged the chorus of angels praising him day and night with the voices of cattle in a lowly manger.
  • He exchanged the power and authority of being God in Heaven with that of living as a helpless—fully human—baby.
  • He exchanged the protection of angels with the dubious protection of human parents.
  • He exchanged immortality with a life that would end in physical death. (Yes, He was fully resurrected, but He had to go through the process of living to dying to reconcile us with God).
  • He exchanged perfect—intimate—fellowship with God for a relationship with us.

I will never see Christmas the same way again. How about you?

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:6-8

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12 comments:

  1. WOW! I never thought of Christmas this way. Always thought of the gift of Jesus as coming from God, but not of Jesus's sacrifice to us as well. Thank you. You have made Christmas even more special. Merry Christmas, Edie.

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    1. Loretta, it was an eye-opener for me too. Blessings, E

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  2. I pondered long over this, Edie. And it cuts through all the commercialism of the holiday, to the heart of it. I don't think I'll ever think of Christmas the same again, either. Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Ane, it helps me keep the hectic season in perspective. Blessings, E

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  3. Wow. This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. A God who humbles Himself and takes the form of a human child to relate to us truly deserves worship.
    What an intriguing new perspective on the Christmas miracle.
    Great article, Edie.

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    1. Ingmar, great way of summing it up! Blessings, E

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  5. Thank you for opening my heart to a new way of thinking. Fascinating that your thoughts actually reverse the happiness and sorrow aspects of Easter and Christmas. Really makes me think.

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    1. Kristen, it is a new way of looking at it, Blessings, E

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  6. Wonderful thoughts and reminders of the sacrifice our Heavenly Father and His Son made for us! Merry Christmas sweet friend!

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    1. Beth, I’m so glad you like the post 😊 Merry Christmas! Blessings, E

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