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25th December - Weekly Noticesheet

A cradle, a cross and a crown Cradle

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A new beginning. Not the beginning either (Gen 1:1), But a beginning of God Incarnate (John 1).

700 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem the prophet Isaiah (9:6-7) predicted HOW Jesus would come and the SIGNIFICANCE of his coming. Jesus was born in a humble manger to common (by human standards) parents. While the birth of a child would normally be cause for great rejoicing, the joy this birth would bring is to be short lived. For you see, this child was born to suffer and to die.

Cross: An end but not the end (Rev 22) From the cradle to the cross Jesus lived the life we cannot live. He was tempted, as we are, yet he never sinned. He lived every minute of his life in accordance with the will of the one who sent Him – God His Father – and then Jesus willingly and purposefully went to the cross. He took our sins on Himself and paid the price of redeeming us with his own blood. In the cross of Jesus, we see the symbol of our faith, the sorrow of our sins, and the sacrifice of our Saviour.

Crown: Not of thorns or gold but of life.Also known as Martyrs Crown (James 1:12 and Rev 2:10 and 2 Tim 4:8- 10). In earthly terms, crowns represent rule and reign, power and authority. In heavenly terms it points to life, eternal life.

Jesus was the central theme of that first Christmas.The star, the song, the gifts, the joy, the hope, the excitement – all were because of Him.

Jesus is God’s gift of Christmas to all. The reason for the season then. The reason for every season now.

Shalom Si

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