Born to Die

Born to Die – Reflecting on John MacArthur’s Insight into Christ’s Sacrifice that stands as a testament to divine love and redemption. John MacArthur’s poignant reflection on the purpose behind Christ’s birth and eventual crucifixion unveils a depth of understanding that resonates with believers worldwide.

Born to Die

Born to Die - Reflecting on John MacArthur's Insight into Christ's Sacrifice that stands as a testament to divine love and redemption. John MacArthur's poignant reflection on the purpose behind Christ's birth and eventual crucifixion unveils a depth of understanding that resonates with believers worldwide.

“Those soft baby hands fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb were made to have two great nails hammered through them. Those little chubby feet were to walk up a hill and be nailed to a cross. That sacred head was made to wear a crown of thorns. His tender body wrapped in swaddling clothes would be pierced by a spear to reveal a broken heart. The death of Christ was no accident; He was born to die.”

John MacAuthur

Unveiling the Symbolism:

MacArthur’s words invite us to delve into the symbolic significance of Christ’s earthly existence. The softness of the infant hands, the innocence of the chubby feet, the sacredness of the head, and the tenderness of the swaddling clothes—all these elements become symbolic threads woven into a narrative of purposeful sacrifice.

Soft Baby Hands:

  • Symbolizing the vulnerability of human form, Christ’s soft hands, crafted by the Holy Spirit, foretell a destiny marked by the harshness of nails—a poignant reminder of the sacrifice that awaits.

Chubby Feet on a Hill:

  • The imagery of little chubby feet ascending a hill echoes the journey towards the cross. This uphill walk represents the path of suffering and redemption, culminating in the ultimate sacrifice for humanity’s salvation.

Sacred Head and Crown of Thorns:

  • The juxtaposition of a sacred head and a crown of thorns speaks to the paradox of Christ’s royalty amidst suffering. The crown of thorns, a symbol of mockery, becomes a profound emblem of divine humility and sacrificial love.

Tender Body and Piercing Spear:

  • The tender body wrapped in swaddling clothes, pierced by a spear, unveils the revelation of a broken heart—a visual metaphor for the profound emotional and spiritual impact of Christ’s sacrifice.

The Intentional Journey:

MacArthur’s assertion that “The death of Christ was no accident; He was born to die” underscores the intentional nature of Christ’s earthly journey. The Incarnation becomes a purposeful prelude to the redemptive act of crucifixion—a divine plan unfolding through the ages.

Conclusion:

In contemplating John MacArthur’s reflections, we are led to a deeper understanding of the intentional sacrifice embedded in Christ’s earthly existence. The nativity scene, traditionally a symbol of joy and hope, gains profound significance as it foreshadows the redemptive purpose of the cross. As believers, we are invited to reflect on the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice, recognizing that every element of His earthly life was intricately designed to fulfill the divine plan of salvation.

I am thankful that God choose to send His Son to save me. I am not deserving of that, none of are.

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