23 December, 2012

Two Pictures

So Ben wanted me to blog about some things that I shared at church this evening. I'm doing it now, because if I don't, Grant will suck it out of my head and I will not remember anything that I said!

As Christians, we celebrate many holidays. All of them have differing levels of importance and meaning for each of us, but I think that most Christians can agree that the two most important are Christmas and Easter.

I have always viewed Easter as the most important, because it was the event that secured my salvation. As I was thinking about both events tonight, I was struck by the two pictures of Christ that each holiday presents. Distinct, clear pictures, but completely opposite ones.

The Christ of Easter is triumphant. He is victorious. He has beaten Death; the foe that no man escape.

The Christ of Christmas is a baby. He is small. He is weak. He is helpless.

I can easily identify with the Christ of Christmas. I am small. I am weak. I am helpless.

However, I desperately need the Christ of Easter. I need the victorious warrior who can win the battle.

The two go together in perfect harmony. Without one, we cannot have the other.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin."
Hebrews 4:15

Over the next few days in our house, we will celebrate the Christ of Christmas. We will celebrate the fact that God would humble Himself to become a tiny baby. Because He was not afraid to humble Himself, He knows exactly what we go through in this broken world. He was cold, wet, and hungry. He experienced tragedy and mourned loved ones. He did all this, so that He could be the Christ of Easter!

1 comment:

Terezia said...

Hi Megan and Ben, it's Terezia the Hungarian from Dallas.
First and foremost, I praise God for granting Grant. A Texan born in Hungary. Now you can better understand what roots mean :) like people don't become americans just because they move to the USA....
I love reading your entries. They are so vivid, and honest, funny and all together entertaining. I think you could already compile a good book with them.
My fave hun church, a little congregation in Bp is worth attending at least once....they do have speakers from Canada, South Africa sometimes...here they are on the web http://szovetnek.hu/
I'd also like to mention my Youtube channel, where I subtitle amazing english testimonies to hungarian. http://www.youtube.com/user/akiazure?feature=mhee
Thank you for relying on Jesus. I myself would have left this country many times if the Lord would have allowed it. But He graciously didn't, instead He heals me from running away...
There is special grace on you in the strange land