But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
Most people don’t understand Christmas. They never think beyond the Babe in the manger. But Christmas is about emptiness—an empty throne, an empty manger, an empty cross, and an empty tomb, all of which fill our empty hearts. It’s a circuit. When Jesus traveled from heaven to earth, He used a round-trip ticket with stops along the way. He left the throne for the manger, the manger for the cross, the cross for the tomb, and the tomb for the throne. He left blessings behind at every stop. He emptied Himself so we might be filled. That’s the true story of Christmas.1
That means Jesus came into the world with the Cross in mind. Since God cannot die, the Second Person of the Trinity entered into the human race through the virgin womb of Mary, taking on flesh and becoming a man. He did this to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He was born to die; and He died to rise again. Because of His death, we can live forgiven; and because of His resurrection, we can live forever. That’s why an “empty” Christmas is so fulfilling.
1Robert J. Morgan, “A Blue Danube Christmas,” in 12 Stories of Christmas (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2014), 171.
1 John 1 – 5