Interpreted Through the Cross (video)

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders.
Isaiah 9:6
It's easy to be a Christian at Christmastime, when we interpret God's love through the Babe in the manger. The Baby grows up, however, and speaks with authority about things that force us to acknowledge the need for change. Following Jesus then becomes more of a challenge.

But there were always glimpses of Christ's divinity. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountaintop, for example, Peter, James, and John saw him in the fullness of his glory. Yet he did not bask in their worship, but told them that his power must be interpreted through the cross.

God was pleased to send us not just an Infant in a manger, not just a Man on a cross, not even just a risen Savior, but a complete human being. May we embrace him throughout our lives, knowing that wherever we are in life and whatever our lot, God's Son has been there before us, and in him, God is with us now.

Jesus Christ received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
 2 Peter 1:17
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
 Book of Common Prayer
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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