The manger, the cross or the crown?

We are in the middle of Advent. A unique time in which we look forward with great anticipation to what is to come. It is a joint countdown to Christmas and looking forward to the Savior of the world. Unfortunately, most of us around us don’t realize this. The celebration of the birth of the Messiah has grown into a commercial happening. Beautiful and even expensive gifts, extensive food and eating out, trees in the house and artificial light for coziness, packed shops and the well-known Christmas songs blaring through the streets. Yet it’s all pretty empty without the birth of the Messiah. But there is also a challenge for Christians not to lose sight of the core. The birth of the Son of God is the fulfillment of age-old promises. It is God himself who already speaks in Genesis 3 about the offspring of the woman, who will bruise the serpent’s head. This is the very first prophecy in the Bible. Spoken by God himself. If you read this divine commitment carefully, you will know that Christmas is not so much about birth, but about defeating the enemy. The baby Jesus is beautiful and a strong image of vulnerability. But the focus and purpose is elsewhere. The manger merely symbolizes a completely different kingdom: the kingdom of God! The manger mainly points to the cross, because that is where the enemy’s head is crushed. There Jesus exclaims: ‘It is finished’ and with that He answers the promise from Genesis 3. The manger points even further. The manger points to the crown, because the King has been born and His kingdom is coming. The kingdom of God has landed on earth and that is why Jesus’ first words are: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ (Matthew 4:17). It is beautiful to reflect at the manger. It is important to know what the cross means. But our eyes should be on the crown. The manger is no longer there, the cross is no longer there, but the throne of God on earth has been established. God is enthroned on the praises of His people. Our eyes are focused on the crowned King in heaven and we live for Him as royal children. Enjoy Christmas and let the cozy lights illuminate your home. But keep your eyes on the King and His throne, because Jesus is no longer in the manger, no longer on the cross. Jesus wears the CROWN. That is the Jesus we see and envision. I wish you a wonderful and royal Christmas!

Hebrews 2:8-9 However, we do not yet see that everything is subject to him;we do see that Jesus – who for a short time was placed lower than the angels so that his death by God’s grace might benefit everyone – because of his suffering and deathhas now been crowned with honor and splendor.

About Martin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Karin, 2 mooie dochters, passie voor Jezus, spreker, schrijver, trainer en een beetje gek!

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