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Love Came Down

As we approach Christmas this year, let’s not forget the reason for the season: not the angels, not the shepherds, not the wise men, notMary and Joseph, not even the infant in the manger, but the reason why thestory in Bethlehem ever happened at all:For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John3:16)Christmas is all about God’s love for us.

He loved us enough to send Love down to be born of a virgin.He loved us enough to send Love down humbly in a manger.  He loved us enough to send Love down giving sight to the blind, sound to the deaf, and freedom to the captives.  He loved us enough to send Love down to be nailed to a tree and take the punishment we all rightly deserve.  He loved us enough to send Love down to be the first born of the resurrection.  He lovedus enough to send Love down that Love may once again ascend, so we may be empowered by the Holy Spirit and learn to love as He loves.

God’s love is who we celebrate on Christmas.

And God’s love isn’t a baby in a manger any more.  God’s love isn’t just a teacher or ahealer.  God’s love isn’t a broken man on a cross.  God’s love isn’t still in thegrave.  And God’s love isn’t staying inheaven forever.

God’s love is Jesus Christ, the king of kings, and He’s coming back to claim all that are His. He is the reason for the season.

So, this Christmas when you look at the nativity scene in your living room, at your church, or in all the retail stores, don’t focus on the story, except in worship of the living King of Kings and His aboundinglove.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you,according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to knowthe love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Ephesians3:14-19)

Come worship with me:

 

2 Responses

    1. Thank you guys! You’re so right, tuoghh, Lara. I feel like that being open has, in my life, done nothing but bring me closer to others. I fully believe in guarding my bad tendencies, but being kindly open about how I feel as a mother is pretty safe territory!

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