Unlimited: Christ’s Death Paralleled His Birth
Nov 27, 2016 900
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9, NKJV).
There are four groups of people at Christ’s birth: 1) The wise men seeking Him; 2) The religious people seeking to live by the letter of the law; 3) The people seeking to kill Him; and 4) The people willing to die to protect Him. These same four groups are present at His death.
Myrrh is mentioned in connection with Jesus’ birth. Myrrh was put in His grave clothes as He was laid in the tomb.
There was a heavenly sign at His birth: a star. There was also a heavenly sign at His death: there was blackness and darkness over the whole land.
At His birth, there is no room for Jesus in the inn. At His death, there is no room for Him anywhere. The people of earth don’t want Him. There’s no room for Him on earth, and no room in heaven. We find Him suspended between the two. The cross elevates Him above the earth.
Heaven could take Him, for He was sin incarnate. God made Him to be sin for us. At His birth, there was no room at the inn, and at His death no room in this world and no room in heaven. There was no room for Jesus so that there might be room for you and me in eternity. – Desmond Ford
Eli’s Reflection: How much room do you make for Jesus in your life each day? In what ways? Does Jesus only get token recognition or does He get a huge and continuous welcome? What do you need to do to make more room for Jesus in your life?