This is the communion meditation I delivered during our Christmas Eve service.

Luke 2:7 says

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

This is Jesus, omnipotent God, creator of the universe, who came to His own earth as a baby.  He is a king, but He came humbly.  It’s the same way He approaches each one of us.  Revelation 3:20 says

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

He doesn’t force His way into our lives – He asks.  And yet this gentle, mild man who went to the cross like a sheep to the slaughter, is the same one as described in Revelation 19:11-16:

Then I saw Heaven open wide—and oh! a white horse and its Rider. The Rider, named Faithful and True, judges and makes war in pure righteousness. His eyes are a blaze of fire, on his head many crowns. He has a Name inscribed that’s known only to himself. He is dressed in a robe soaked with blood, and he is addressed as “Word of God.” The armies of Heaven, mounted on white horses and dressed in dazzling white linen, follow him. A sharp sword comes out of his mouth so he can subdue the nations, then rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the raging wrath of God, the Sovereign-Strong. On his robe and thigh is written, King of kings, Lord of lords.

There is no contradiction between these things – the helpless, perfect baby, the willing sacrificial Lamb, and the redeeming Warrior King.  These are all Jesus – different times, different activities, one Person.

So what do we do with this?  We celebrate.

At this time of year, we are celebrating Jesus’ birth.  At this time of the worship service, we are celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection.  And always, we look forward to celebrating the second coming of Christ.

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