Jesus was born to die. The focal point of His life on earth passed quickly from the "cradle" to the CROSS. We all enjoy the special Gift of God's Son in Bethlehem, but lets remember this Gift GAVE HIS LIFE at Calvary. Jesus came to save sinners and simply living His life wouldn't accomplish that. He needed to give up His life to fulfill His purpose for coming in the first place. But we rejoice in the fact that His death wasn't the end! He rose victorious from the grave!
May our joy at Christmas include the joy of our salvation. For without the death at Calvary there would be no real meaning for Bethlehem. And without the empy tomb there would be no meaning for Calvary. Thank God for His Gift of Life, Death, and Resurrection!