The Meaning of Christmas – A Meditation

The Great Humiliation

These thoughts on the life of Christ are from Bible Teacher A.T. Pierson……..The precious Book tells us of one who resigned the throne and crown of heaven, exchanged the radiant robe of the universal king for the garment of a servant, descended to death, condescended to human want and woe and wickedness, lay in a lowly cradle in a cattle stall at Bethlehem, and hung upon a cross of shame on Calvary, that even those who crucified him might be forgiven.

The Great Bridge Between Heaven and Earth

Can you span the chasm between the throne of a universe and that cross? A crown of stars and a crown of thorns? The worship of the host of heaven and the mockery of an insulting mob? …………….There is nothing like it in history, not even in fable.

How can we understand? A man with human infirmities, yet without human sin or sinfulness; poor, yet having at his disposal universal riches; weak and weary, yet having the exhaustless energy of God; unable to resist the violence and insults of his foes, yet able to summon legions of angels at a word or wish; dying, yet himself having neither beginning of days or end of years?

Come to the One, who on the cross cried out “I am thirsty” (John 19:28), so that you and I would not have to be thirsty. Let us hear the words of Isaiah 55:1,2 as an invitation from our Wounded Healer:

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who
have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is
not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen
to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the
richest of fare.

This is the Good News of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ!