Let’s talk about Christmas, the reason for the season. Jesus!!! God did an amazing thing on Christmas.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7
Imagine giving your only child over to people who you knew were going to torture, hurt and kill him! But loving those people so much that you do it anyway, because you want to save them.
On the other hand… imagine being that son. Willingly walking into being tortured, hurt emotionally and physically, and eventually killed. Now imagine doing that for people who you know will turn against you, but doing it anyways. Murders, sex traffickers, atheists, racists, all those people who choose evil ways.
Would you do that? Would you give your one and only child? Would you, as that child, walk head on into torture? Would you? If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t. In my head, it’s not deserved. No way would I send my son, let alone go myself!! But Jesus did! He did! That has to show just how much He loves us and wants us to be with him and feel his love!
And He didn’t come all dressed in glory…. lording over everyone who He is. Dressed in rich clothing, scaring us with his Godly presence. No… He came to earth as a little baby.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:9-12
Harmless… unable to hurt anyone… relying on His mother to feed Him, change Him, protect Him. Born in a barn, laying sweetly in a manger. Acting just like any sweet baby out there. Inviting you in with His first giggles, first baby babbles, first words, first steps. Inviting you in. Not forcing you. Inviting. Because real love can’t be forced. And He wants our real love.
This year has been so tough. So much has happened and I’m quite sure it isn’t over yet. But in all of this, through all of this, there is one thing that will never change. That’s how much Jesus loves us. That God came to us in Jesus so we could be saved and know real love. Emanuel, God with us… this is Christmas. This is real love. Christmas is NOT canceled! Nothing can stop us from celebrating Jesus and what He has done for us!
May you and yours be blessed with the knowledge of Jesus’s deep love for you.
Merry Christmas to all!!!!