Christ, Christmas & Contrast

Jesus was conceived within Mary by God’s Holy Spirit (Matthew’s gospel 1:18).
With his last words from the cross, Jesus yielded his own spirit back to God (Luke’s gospel 23:46)

Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) but also the Passover lamb whose sacrifice reconciled both Jews & Gentiles to God (1st Corinthians 5:7 & Ephesians 2:11-18)

At Jesus’ birth, a heavenly host said, “Peace on earth” (Luke 2:13-14), but Jesus would later say, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34)

Neither Jesus, nor his apostles focused on celebrating his birth, but they were very specific in teaching us to commemorate his death (Matthew 26:26-29 & 1st Corinthians 11:17-29)

The specific day of Jesus’ birth is unrecorded. The birth of his church at the feast of Pentecost on the 50th day after the Passover, however, is a matter of careful record (Acts 2)

At his birth, Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:7), but is later pictured as a warrior king rendering justice wearing a vesture dipped in blood (Revelation 19:13)

As a newborn, Jesus was laid in a manger (Luke 2:7), but would leave a tomb forever empty to ascend to his heavenly throne (Hebrews 1:1-3)

He was named “Jesus” (salvation) at his birth, because he came to save his people from sin (Matthew 1:21), but will return one final time for his bride (the church) and to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31)

King Herod was troubled at Jesus’ birth (Matthew 2:1-3) assuming him to be a threat to his throne. Those who see Jesus as a threat to their own will are still troubled by him.

Wise me sought out Jesus at his birth (Matthew 2:1-2). Wise men still do.