|Yes! The Cross encapsulates all of Christmas!|
Read Romans 6:5-11 “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives, He lives to GOD. Even so (just like this) consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to GOD in Christ JESUS.
This is it! This is the message of Christmas . . . and the message of Easter. You see, the message is exactly the same. GOD had a plan from the foundations of the earth to consummate (to redeem) His purpose for creating us in the first place. His plan in creating us was to have someone to walk with in His garden. Ultimately, it was for Him, not us.
In His omniscience He knew that to have someone to walk with Him in His garden with integrity of intimacy His creation had to have freedom to choose to desire walking with Him. Therefore, He created the Serpent . . . and a choice was made.
Through Christmas (incarnation) and Easter (atonement) GOD gives His creation grace, with an opportunity to choose a second time. And for all who choose to walk He grants them righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) once for all (Hebrews 10). And they walk in His garden happily ever after!
I cannot understand it . . . I simply believe it and embrace it . . . with tears of great anticipation, peace, joy, and love.