From Christmas to the Cross

Easter 2016-5Though Jesus was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Philippians 2 v6-8

 

 

On Good Friday, at our all-age worship we transformed our Christmas tree into a cross. This was a powerful reminder that Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us – whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, is the one who chose to die on the cross for our sins. Somehow, ‘God on earth’ separated from ‘God in heaven’ by our human sin.

We noted how much easier it is to fill the church to celebrate the birth of a baby in a manger than it is to fill the church to remember the death of our Saviour on the cross.