2023 Worship Guide

Page 20 2023 Worship Guide LINCOLN DAILY NEWS December 2023 on the cross, the worst torture instrument ever dreamed up by anybody. Not only was it painful, but it was shameful. It was reserved for the death of the vilest, the most despised. Hanging there in utter disgrace, humiliation, shame, and nakedness. Death on the cross was a horrible, horrible thing. The added loneliness of Jesus when He said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” He came down and humbled Himself. How far down? Even to the point of death. How far down? Even death on the excruciating cross. And so, when that little child was born in Bethlehem, it was the Lord of Heaven abandoning a sovereign position, accepting a servant’s place, approaching a sinful people, adopting a selfless posture, even to death on a cross. So, when we read the narrative in Luke, and we read that Mary gave birth to her baby, we can fill that simple statement with all of this profound, theological reality. That’s why we worship Him. That’s why we adore Him. That’s why we remember His death for us.