Born to die…

Born to die…

We always share communion on Christmas Sunday in our worship gathering.  I was pondering this in light of the celebration of Christ’s birth.  Why do we combine the crucifixion with the birth of Jesus?  What is its significance and implication?  As many of you will share the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist) this Sunday let me give you something to meditate on.

There is something wrapped in the mystery and miracle of Christ’s birth.  We are overwhelmed by the beauty of His birth and celebrate His coming, but His coming was for what or whom?  Like a seed potent with life and full of a greater destiny, Jesus birth is only the beginning of a journey to the cross.  And like a seed He must die to fulfill His mission.

“…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, nd whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, he must follow me, and where I am, there my servant will be also.  If anyone serves me, the father will honor him.  Now My soul is troubled.  And what shall I say?  ‘Father save Me from this hour’?  But for this purpose I have come to this hour.”  John 12:24-27

I am reminded that as Jesus shared the Eucharist with His disciples, He told them to “share it with each other”.  (Luke 22:17)  As it was His mission to be sent into the world to die, we too are to follow Him and be Broken Bread and Poured Out Wine to a hungry and thirsty world looking for life in a wasteland.  Within us is the incredible fragrance of Christ waiting to be sacrificed, broken and poured out like the bottle of perfume’ that Mary broke open and poured out on Jesus feet and hair. (John 12:3)

This Christmas, when you receive the Eucharist, which is not only Jesus Himself but also His Mission, find yourself in Him and your mission to be broken and poured out.  Take it and share it among yourselves.   We are not His unless we follow Him in like manner. 

Let Christ be poured out into your hearts and go this Christmas giving your life to someone who needs Jesus.

By | 2008-12-17T12:10:09+00:00 December 17th, 2008|Church, Mission, The Dwelling Place CC|5 Comments

About the Author:

John is a sought after speaker and founder of Transforming Life Ministries. He’s also a writer, teacher and equipper bringing an honest and practical voice to today’s and tomorrow’s church. He has a passion for people and helping them encounter the transforming life of Jesus. John and his wife Amy, presently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina with their three children, who he thanks for their four cats and a rabbit. They also have a foreign exchange daughter Jenny, from Germany. Transforming Life Ministries is presently working to build a Camp and Retreat Center, called The Fountain in Fountain, NC.

5 Comments

  1. Donald December 20, 2008 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    That was a great post. What an elegant reminder.

  2. Doug December 22, 2008 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Beautiful expression of the nature of the believer! God shared Himself with us; Christ shared Himself with us; His people share themselves with us (one another). We are people of the sending (&sharing) God, born again to be broken bread and poured out wine where ever we are sent! Another Christian minister said this about Holy Communion…when we take communion, we are companions with all others who are partaking of the Eucharist and it is meant to be shared with all people. The message from Sunday flows from the heart of God…presence, proximity and proclamation are seeds He has planted in His nature, which is in every believer. So as God sends us, go forth and proclaim His love, His presence and His proximity to the ends of the earth and here at home.
    Love to all

  3. Jessy mark January 2, 2009 at 7:44 am - Reply

    25 th Dec , is a special day for Christ followers . The day when Christ was born . This Christmas ,for me ( it was not only gifts & cakes ) it was a day to remember Christ’s
    mission & beliefs. I went to the Church & could feel the presence of Christ within me.

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