Running Too Quickly from the Incarnation to the Cross

Doug

My friend, Scott Holman, gives a good warning for us to not overshadow and marginalize the incarnation by running too quickly to the Cross:

My gut tells me that some would rather pass over the baby at Bethlehem for the glories of the cross. It’s easier to preach and easier to explain through propositional arguments. Generally, one would rather stand meditating on the sight of the cross than meditating on God as a baby in a feed trough.

But there is something about God coming to us as a vulnerable, needy baby that reformed people especially need to think on. The God of glory needs us to change his diapers. He is as inviting and approachable as any baby we encounter. What do we do with that?

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2 Responses to “Running Too Quickly from the Incarnation to the Cross”

  • Dustin Says:

    I like what he has written (a lot), but I disagree that most Christians “pass over the baby at Bethlehem for the glories of the cross.” I actually think too many don’t even see the cross on Christmas. This is definitely true of our culture in general.

    Why do we celebrate Christmas? Certainly because God became flesh and dwelt among us (Immanuel). But that isn’t all. He could have become flesh to judge and condemn us. But he didn’t. He came not only as Lord, but as Savior (Jesus).

    Christmas doesn’t make sense without the cross. It isn’t good news of great joy for all the people without the cross because the good news of great joy is that the Savior is born.

    BTW – I’m sure your friend would affirm the centrality of the cross.

  • Doug Says:

    Good to hear from you, Dustin. I think you’re absolutely right … in fact, I posted something similar about the centrality of the cross at Christmas here — Christmas is Necessary Because I’m a Sinner … http://life2getherblog.com/2010/12/08/christmas-is-necessary-because-im-a-sinner/

    I think Scott’s exhortation is that “some of us” not “most of us” pass over the baby at Bethlehem too quickly and move straight to the cross. I suppose I would fit into that “some” category as I rarely stop to meditate on the incarnation. In doing so I think it would actually fuel my meditation on the crucifixion as well.

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