Holiness/ Names of God Study

What Does the Manger Have to do with the Cross?

Have you ever wondered what the manger has to do with the cross? There is a strong connection between the two, without one the other wouldn't have happened. Check out the connection here.

 

We all love the Christmas story, don’t we?

Jesus came to earth as a newborn baby and who doesn’t love newborns? There is a special sweetness that surrounds new babies. Their smell, their sounds, their every little movement captivates us all. So many women can just sit and stare at a new baby.

Yet even at Christmas time the world is open to hearing about the birth of Jesus. This miraculous event is okay to talk about during Christmas when at other times of the year it seems to be a taboo. Sad, right?

While the birth of Christ is okay to celebrate and talk about during the Christmas season, the death of Christ on the cross is not. People don’t want to be confronted with the fact that we need Christ’s death on the cross. People don’t want to accept the fact that they are sinners in need of a Savior.

We cannot remove the birth of Jesus from His death on the cross. The cross could not happen without the manger. The reason for the manger was so that there would be the death on the cross.

When we see the manger we need to remember the reason for Jesus’ birth. He came to this world, as a sweet newborn baby, to save us from our sin.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21  

When Adam and Eve sinned, sin entered into the world and separated us from God.

At that point no one was perfect any longer, we are all born sinners. We’ve all lied, stolen something, fought with someone. We are guilty of sin.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23  

Because of that separation we needed the birth of Jesus to happen so that there would be a way for us to get to heaven.

Without His birth the wages, or penalty, for our sin is eternity in hell. God can not let sin into heaven (Revelation 21:27).

For the wages of sin is death; Romans 6:23a

But God loved us so much that He sent his Son to bridge that gap separates us from Him.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Without the manger we wouldn’t have a cross. Without the manger we wouldn’t have a way to heaven to spend eternity with God the Father. The manger is so very important and can not be separated from the cross.

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The only way to get to heaven is to have our sin debt paid for by Jesus.

but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23b

 The birth and death of Jesus is a gift from God. This was God’s way of solving the sin problem in order to allow us in heaven. We have to choose whether or not we are willing to accept the gift. We can refuse a gift from anyone, no gift is forced on us, right?

You can accept this gift by turning from your sin and accepting God as Savior. God offers this gift to everyone yet so many people refuse it. People don’t want to admit that they are sinners. People don’t want to turn from their sin.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13  

The way to accepting this gift is to ask God for forgiveness from your sin, turn from your sin and ask Him to come into your heart to save you from hell.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9  

It’s simple really yet so many people refuse the gift of salvation. They like the pretty manger scene yet they refuse to accept the relationship that that scene has to the cross.

We can not have one without the other. The purpose for the manger was so that we could have His death on the cross. And that my friend is the ultimate gift.

Let’s take time this Christmas to reflect on the gift of Jesus and what it means for us. Let’s take time to remember and be thankful for the gift of our salvation.

Maybe you haven’t accepted God’s gift. Maybe you haven’t connected the manger to the cross. Maybe you have never thought about how sin can not enter into heaven. Maybe you realize that you do not want to spend eternity in hell. Wherever you are at, I hope that you will give some thought to God’s gift of salvation.

The Gift of Salvation

1. Acknowledge that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23

2. Believe that Jesus was born, died and rose from the dead to save you from your sin. Romans 6:23

3. Confess your sin and turn from it. Romans 10:13

 

My Pastor made a fantastic video with the salvation message, if you have any questions or want to hear this message versus reading it then I encourage you to watch it below:

Jesus Loves You from Southeast Bible Baptist Church on Vimeo.

If you have any questions or want to discuss salvation further I’d love for you to contact me through my email form! I would love to explain anything here in more detail for anyone!

 

Your turn! Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation? How are you taking time this Christmas to reflect on your salvation?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Judy Turnbull
    December 21, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. It’s so true that people will accept the celebration of the birth of Jesus as a baby, but don’t want to hear about the cross. Yet, the cross is what counts! Thanks for highlighting this for us during this season.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Society wants to disconnect the two when they are clearly connected. I hope this post reaches a lot of people! Thanks for joining in the conversation! So glad you stopped by!

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    Melanie Redd
    December 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    What a powerful word, Ana!

    Thank you for so clearly sharing the good news this Christmas!

    I pray that many will read your post and respond to the invitation!

    You are a blessing,
    Melanie💕

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 21, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement, Melanie! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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    baby pack and play
    December 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I am really thankful to the holder of this website who has shared this great piece of writing at at this time.

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