I’ve noticed that this year all the “Christmas” sermons heavily include the gospel story – and point to the cross. I really don’t think I’ve noticed that in years past. Besides the theological reasons – the practical reason is that you have a larger than normal audience in church during Christmas and it’s a wonderful opportunity to preach the gospel of salvation to those that don’t typically come to church. They are expecting to hear the story of the manger.
“What the cradle started the cross finished.” My pastor said, “Celebrate Christmas with an eye fixed on Easter Sunday because it wouldn’t be Christmas without Christ’s resurrection. We can’t fully appreciate the meaning of Christmas without understanding the meaning of the crucifixion; the cradle must be seen in the light of the cross. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Christ’s death”