The Manger and the Cross

Jesus came at Christmas so we could celebrate Easter.

That is the reason for the season. Not all the bright lights, tinsel, Santa, presents, etc. While all of that is fun—it’s not the true meaning of Christmas.

Do we remember this or do we bury ourselves in festivities forgetting the One who came to give us life?

Don’t get me wrong. I like Christmas just as much as anyone. It’s my favorite time of the year. We shouldn’t feel guilty for enjoying the season as long as we keep Jesus in the forefront of our celebrations.

Is this difficult?

Of course.

mangerSociety has pushed Jesus out of the manger and replaced Him with the worldly watered-down message of Christmas. Oh yes, we still sing Silent Night, Away in a Manger and other carols, but do we really listen and concentrate on the words? Or do we have “our list” rolling in our mind like a movie reel projecting what we still have to get done before December 24th?

What if we look closely at some of those songs? What will we find?

The last line of Away in a Manger says, “And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.”

We know that Jesus didn’t stay as a baby. He grew up and later died on the cross for us. That’s the only way we can be ‘fitted’ for Heaven to live with Him.

What about Silent Night? Listen to this.

Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glorious streams from heaven above
Heavenly hosts sings Hallelujah.
Christ the savior is born.

The shepherds shook at the sight of the baby because they knew He was the Savior of the world!!

Here’s a line from Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

Light and life to all He brings.

Yes! The tiny baby brings everlasting light to all who believe. Also, He was born to give us second birth.

Next time we’re in a hurry to get to our Christmas festivities, let’s remember what these lyrics hold—the true meaning of Christmas.

It started with a manager and ended on a cross.

Jesus had to be born in order to die.

For us.

The best gift of all!

What part of Christmas do you rush? What is your favorite Christmas song?

Luke 2:12 (KJV)

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

He Made a Way in a Manger (Candi Pearson-Shelton)

This is a new song for me. I went looking for something that would fit my blog and this one was perfect! Beautiful. He did make the way!! Listen carefully.

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  6 comments for “The Manger and the Cross

  1. Susan Steeves
    December 18, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Thank you Dar for reminding us of this truth of why Jesus was born to die for us!Christmas is such a special time of year for us.Like you said on one of you resent blogs Mom and Dad made it about Christ,family and traditions that we cherish.Miss you sissy especially this time of the year. my favorite new Christmas song is Casting crowns Gloria.Merry Christmas !

    • December 18, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Hey, Sissy. Thanks for your comments. Yes, Mom and Dad always brought us back to the reason why we celebrate. Love this time of year! Love you and miss you lots. xo

  2. Paula
    December 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for this post. We need to be brought back to the real meaning of Christmas! And also to remember the Second Advent of Christ which is yet to come! But it IS coming!

    • December 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Amen, Paula!!! Glad you liked the post. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. December 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I love Christmas too! I love the hustle, bustle of shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree. I love the twinkle in children’s eyes, and the laughter shared with family and friends. As a Christian, my family and I enjoy all the festivities of Christmas, knowing all the while that Christ is the reason we celebrate. We always read about the birth of Christ from the Bible before opening the first gift. He is definitely, the reason for the season. Thank you for this post, Dar! Merry Christmas to you! Oh, my favorite “serious” Christmas carol is Silent Night, but my most fun carols are sung by the Chipmunks. Lol

    • December 20, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Hi Loretta! Thanks for sharing your Christmas traditions and favorite song. Silent Night is my favorite too! Merry Christmas, Loretta! Have an awesome time celebrating our Savior’s birth with your precious family! xo

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