Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Great Love of God Demonstrated for Us


Let me tell you about the goodness of God... That's not quite how Isaiah worded it, of course, but his words in Isaiah 63:7 are words that should be on our tongues, too.

"I shall make mention of the lovingkindness of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has granted us, And the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His compassion, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindness." Is 63:7 nasb

That's a lot of words, but here's the Leanna paraphrase:

"Let me tell you how good, compassionate, loving, and kind God has been to us."

As I pondered a succinct way to state the many ways God has loved us, I realized it can be summed up in two short verses:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16 nasb

"But God demonstrates His toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 nasb

Christmas isn't about Santa Claus or twinkling lights or fragrant trees decorated with glittering ornaments. 

Christmas is about our God, who loved us enough to clothe Himself in a suit of humanness, dwell among us, die for our sins, and raise Himself from the grave for our redemption. 

That great act of lovingkindness is what we celebrate this week, so let's remind ourselves and all those we meet of the great love God poured out on us. We wouldn't obey, and tried to destroy Him when He came, but still He loved. Still He gave. 

And He still loves.

In the midst of the commercial extravaganza the world has made of Christmas, let's commit ourselves anew to celebrating the birth of a Savior who came for us.
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