Today we pause to celebrate the birth of JESUS. JESUS is fully GOD and fully Man. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning," John 1:1-2. "14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth," John 1:14. So, why did JESUS leave His heavenly dwelling, come down to earth as one born of a virgin, suffer on the cross and die for us?
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
That baby born in the manger was destined to become our Saviour, Deliverer, Healer, Restorer, High Priest, Sacrificial Lamb, Atonement and the Purifier of Our Sins. We celebrate JESUS' birth today because it is the beginning of the journey from the cradle to the cross. The cradle represents peace, joy, hope, love and restoration. The cross is the fulfillment of it all. We wish you a Merry CHRISTmas! As you celebrate with your family and friends, remember Him who made it all possible! With Love, Andrew and Natasha.