Luke 2:11-12: “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” NLT

Mark 15:24-27: Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece. 25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 A sign was fastened to the cross, announcing the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.” NLT

John 3:16-17: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

I would like to share with you again this week a Stephen’s Gate that I wrote last year at this time.  Jesus came into this world as a baby, died as a king, and rose as a savior.  God Bless!

I began to think about the Christmas season yesterday, what we celebrate and why we celebrate.  As I thought on this season, the Lord spoke this title to me very clearly.  Christmas, for Christians, really goes beyond just the birth.  The birth was phase one, if you will.  He had to first be born a baby, then die as a King, phase two, in order to be risen our Savior, phase three.

I am so thankful that He was born, but also just as thankful that He died and rose again.  Christmas lasts year around for the Christian.

Once He was born, phase two had to be that He would be crucified as a King, “The King of the Jews.”  This also goes beyond just dying.  Yes, He had to die so that He could rise again as our Savior but He died for more than just that.  He died for your healing, your prosperity, your freedom and for all of the provisions you need in life.  Why did He die for all of these things if we are all going to die someday anyway and as long as we have accepted Him as our Savior we will be with Him in Heaven?  I think He died for all of these things because your Father in Heaven wanted to be sure that you could live as comfortable as possible and abundant as possible.  He didn’t intend for you to be born and just die, He intends for you to thrive in life so He died for ALL of your provisions, including your sins.

I heard this quote this past Sunday at church.  It came from Dr. Mark Rutland as he was preaching.  “Jesus spent His first night in a cattle stall and His last night on death row. There is no human experience He doesn’t understand.”

That’s a very small but powerful statement.  There isn’t anything in life that we go through that He can’t understand.

This Christmas season, focus on the full circle of the life of Jesus.  Yes, He was born a baby, but He died a King, and was resurrected your Savior.  We truly have reason to celebrate Jesus this season!

Blessings ~ Steve

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