Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: December

Christmas: It Was Just the Beginning of God's Plan

Merry Christmas!

     Did You know?

     Did the cross cast its shadow o'er Your cradle? Did You know?

      Did You shudder each time Your hammer struck a nail?

     These are questions that Todd Agnew asks Jesus in his song, “Did You Know?” This song is usually played on the radio during the month of December. It is a song just wondering how much did Jesus know about His purpose and what was going to happen to Him as an adult.

      We often say that Christmas is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” because of the lights, decorations, get-togethers, food, and gifts. But it is also a wonderful time of year because it’s when we remember that God set in motion His plan of salvation by sending Jesus to earth as a baby in the manger.

     Have you ever wondered what Jesus thought about as He worked in Joseph’s carpenter shop? Did He think about the cross as a young man? The cross was His destiny. It was God’s plan from the very beginning, and Jesus (as the Second Person of the Trinity) knew this!

     The reason why we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus came to save us from our sins! His name means “The LORD (Yahweh/Jehovah) is Salvation”! John the Baptist, when he saw Jesus, said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

     As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let’s remember the cross! For without the cross, we are still lost sinners. Christmas was just the beginning of the plan. The cross and empty tomb were the finished product for our salvation. As we see the manger, let’s also remember the sacrifice and give our worship and praise to the Lamb. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).

     Thank You, Jesus, for knowing the plan and for following through with the plan to bring us, sinners and enemies, from death to life! Thank You for Christmas! Thank You for the cross!

 In Christ’s Love,

Josh