The message of Christmas is that, “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)
God so loved the world – that is you and me. Whether you are from the gutter-most or utter-most part of society, God loves you. Whether you are close to God or far from Him, He loves you.
God loves you so much that he sent Jesus, His Son, to pay the price on the cross so that all who put their faith and confidence in Him will not perish in hell, but will spend eternity with God in his Kingdom.
According to Jesus, the greatest command is to love God with our all, and then to love people.
Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
While we are called to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and might, we cannot. We are incapable of loving God fully. We sin. We let God down. We all fall short of God’s standard. We are told, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
But I want you to see the unconditional and amazing love of God.
God knew we could not measure up. He knows we are sinners. He knows we will blow it.
In His love, God sent Jesus. Jesus loved us so much that he was prepared to die for you and me. A good man may be prepared to die for his family and loved ones, but Jesus died for us even though we have not loved God fully. Despite our weaknesses and shortcomings, Jesus gave his life for you and me, so that we can be forgiven and be made right with God.
Today, God wants to give you a fresh revelation of his love, grace and mercy.
Even though we have messed up, and even though we couldn’t love God fully, Jesus showed his real love for us.
We are told that, “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 is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
God showed us how much he loved us by sending Jesus. Through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, we have eternal life.
This is real love. It is not that we loved God. It is that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
This Christmas, remember the love of God.
This is confirmed where we are told, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
Yes, sin leads to spiritual death and puts our eternity at risk. We are told, “For the wages of sin is death.” But thank God! He didn’t stop there. The scripture goes on and says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Although we fall short of being able to love God, He loved us undeservedly and unreservedly, and made a way for us.
God’s Word is clear, “Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3:24)
What mercy. What grace. What unconditional love.
This is what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
Taking the love of God into account, how can we not share the Christmas message of love with others?
Jesus has implored us to love God and to love people.
If Christmas is a time to love, we need to share the message of Christmas with those God brings across our path.
Christmas is a time to love.
There are so many people dying without a Savior. So many people are living with no hope. This Christmas, share the love of Jesus with those that God brings across your path. Tell them the Good News message of Christmas.
Jesus told us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
How will the lost and broken know about the Savior unless you share the Good News with them?
In Romans 10:14 we are told, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
An old Christmas Carol from John Wesley says,
“Go, tell it on the mountain.
Over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain.
That Jesus Christ is born.”
This Christmas, share the message of God’s love.
The message of Christmas is that God loves you. There is a Savior. His name is Jesus. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 29:10).
Christmas is all about Christ, Jesus Christ, The Savior of the world and how he loves all the peoples of the world.
This Christmas, share the Good News of the greatest gift of all.
Christmas is a time to love!