1 John 4:8-10
Verse 9 This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
This week we have discussed how His unfailing love followed His people through history. We looked at how each generation, throughout history, had seen the leading up to His promised gift of love. We learned that His love can’t be earned and that we can’t begin to understand the width, length, height and depth of His love. All of these things add up to the fact that God is love.
Love. A word we all know and have felt on one level or another. It is a word that gets tossed around as frequently as a ball. It is used in many different contexts, even sarcastically. But God is love and because of His being love, He can’t leave us in our sin. His holiness couldn’t let sin go unpunished. His love found a solution.
Christmas marks the gifting of God’s ultimate showing of love. The sending of His own Son to live in their creation, to live a sinless life while being fully human, and then to die as the perfect sacrifice. Nothing could reveal more love than making a way for sinners to come to Himself. Sin cannot be in His presence and He knew there was no way that we could ever be in His presence of our own effort.
This image of the Holy God of the universe and beyond, loving us as sinners, enough to go to these lengths to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him is the love we can’t comprehend in our human minds. We can’t understand how someone could love their enemy so much that they would sacrifice their own Son so that the enemy could live.
This is the love of Christmas. A love so grand that a plan was made many generations before the scheduled time. Details set into motion generations before the planned arrival of the special Babe that would fulfill every prophecy given about the Messiah. And when the time was just right, God became a man. God took the ultimate step and sent His Son to live the life of a human and die the death of the perfect sacrificial lamb. This is the Love of Christmas.
Making It Personal
What has the love of Christmas meant in your life? Do you see the importance Christmas holds in the story of Easter? How are you going to celebrate the love of Christmas this year?
Making It Personal Kids
What is so special about Christmas? Why did Jesus have to be born as a baby? Whose love does Jesus’ birth show?
Father, we can’t thank You enough for this gift of love. We celebrate Your Son and His ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Father, make our sins detestable to us as we see they are the reason Jesus came. In Jesus’ name, amen.