Let us imagine the events that took place as God prepared for the birth of our Savior. Mary, a virgin, was chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. She was pledged to be married to Joseph, who soon discovered that his wife-to-be was pregnant. In their society, Mary could have easily been stoned by the people who did not realize that the Holy Spirit placed the Savior within her. Yet by the power of God, Joseph remained with Mary and by the power of God, Mary was not stoned. And because they believed, Mary and Joseph were given the privilege of welcoming their Savior into the world.
What I find true from all of these events is that by the power of God all things are possible and God’s love for humanity initiated these wondrous events.
Since I recently devoted a blog post to God’s power, today I am going to focus on the second part: God’s love.
I really enjoy this season. I enjoyed choosing a Christmas tree with my family and spending time with some of my favorite people. As I woke up on Christmas morning, I walked down the stairs with my siblings and witnessed smiling faces surrounding the room as each person received the thoughtful gifts from another. It was truly a wonderful morning. Yet as I sat down later that day and began to ponder the sacrificial love of Christ, who came to the world on that first Christmas morning to save us from sin, I realized the huge role that love played on the first Christmas day and the huge role that it continues to play each year.
Because God loves us, He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world, and the first Christmas came as a result of this love.
Because my family loves each other, and because God blessed us with more than we deserve, I was able to receive and give gifts on this beautiful morning.
And because love is valued in society, we have made family and friends a priority at Christmas time.
Although these describe the love of God and people, I want you to realize that love is not produced as a result of some form of human power, for love does not exist apart from God.
“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 4:10, NIV)
God loved us first. His love was, and still is, sacrificial and unconditional. And only when we welcome God into our lives do we actually begin to understand what real love is.
God’s love for humanity led to the first ever Christmas and the love that God has graciously planted in our hearts has led to the traditions that we all enjoy today. Love enfolds Christmas. Christmas would not exist without God’s love. So this season, although Christmas has already passed, I encourage you to welcome God’s love into your life and spread that love to the people around you, while always remembering that nothing is impossible for God.
“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.” (1 John 4:9, NIV)