The CRY That Changed the World
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) “For unto US a Child is born, unto US a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Heaven is Here.
Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT) “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” Heaven is Here.
John 1:1, 2, 14 (NKJV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Heaven is Here.
The first CRY that changed the world was heard in the manger - Luke 2:6, 7; “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Heaven is Here!
Max Lucado writes of the very first Christmas, “Majesty in the midst of the mundane!
Holiness sleeping in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, though the womb of a teenager, in the presence of a carpenter.
This baby had overlooked the universe. His golden throne room has been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen.” “Wide-awake is Mary, my how young she looks. The pain has been eclipsed by wonder. She looks into the face of the Baby. Her Son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point in history, the human being who best understands who God is and what He is doing is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. She can’t take her eyes off Him. Somehow Mary knows she is holding God.”
But Jesus didn’t stay in the manger!
In infancy, He startled a king. In boyhood, He astonished the scholars. In manhood, He ruled the course of nature.
John 18:37 (NKJV) “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause, I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world.”
Jesus knew what His cause was- To REDEEM!
We have looked at the cry from the manger, now let’s look at another cry...
The last CRY that changed the world was heard from the Cross - John 19:30; “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
Mark 15:37 (NKJV) “And Jesus CRIED out with a loud voice and breathed His last.”
Thank God for the CRY from the manger, but it would have no meaning without the CRY from the cross!
We must never separate 1 Timothy 3:16, “God was manifest in the flesh” from 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for US, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Jesus, literally born to die...that we might live!
This is the meaning of Christmas….the Redeemer...Redeeming!
Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year in 2020!