"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
This is the time of year that we generally promote, gifts and giving, joy and peace, and love and longsuffering. We proclaim, “Merry Christmas,” and “God bless us all, and to all a good night!” The corks are popping, the chestnuts are roasting, and the fireplace is blazing.
And yet, if we take a good look around us, one might really say, “Are you kidding me? What’s Merry and Bright? Wars and terrorism, hate crimes all around us, drugs and teen suicides, marital breakups, and the threat of nuclear disaster possibly on our doorstep. So, what is merry, where do we find our peace and happiness? How do we find joy, when it seems all around us, is anything but? You see, I’m hurting and all alone this year! I lost my job, my husband walked out on me, and I have no reason to continue to fight for what I always seem to lose. Bah, humbug!”
Has the Grinch stolen your peace, your happiness, and your security? Where is it that you look to find your peace? I just love what David wrote in Psalms 121:1-2, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where does my help come from. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Listen now, when your peace, joy, happiness, and security, is grounded on superficial things, then just like the stock market, your emotions are subject to go up and down, daily affected by things that you have no control over. One might ask, are you saying love is superficial? You could probably answer that question yourself, if you’re honest.
You see, love is not just merely a word. It is a demonstration of unconditional, unchanging, unwavering, and selfless offering. It has no conditional obligations or merit requirements. It’s without cost, without charge, freely given, selfless, timeless, bottomless, and established before the beginning of all time and creation.
Two-thousand years ago, a little baby was born in a cold manger, surrounded only by animals, and with no fanfare, pomp or circumstance. There were no fireworks or confetti. Still, He was the seed of promise that the Prophet Isaiah spoke of. He was the soon and coming King. He was the Savior that had been written about many years before. He was the Messiah, Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords – the demonstration of real Love!
The angel of the Lord appeared on that first Christmas night and said, “For there is born to you this day, in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
That night, true love was demonstrated in the form of an infant. It was not the ending of the story, but just the beginning. His love was not just given in birth, but also in death, and then in resurrection. The fulfillment of these Old Testament prophecies was indeed in motion.
This is what we honor and worship at Christmas – this great seed of promise. He was much more than just a “babe in the manger.” He was the creator Himself, who was with God, and was God, and made all things. It was the same Creator, who walked in the garden, in the cool of the day and knowingly foretold the necessity of His own death for you and for me. From the beginning of all time, God demonstrated graciously His love for us, according to the promise of a risen Savior, which was His Son, Jesus.
God loves you in your current circumstances, your current condition, and your current situation. His love far supersedes anything that you might be going through right now. True love is found in Him, and Him alone. “For God so Loved this world, He gave His only begotten Son”, for you and for me.
He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t abandoned you. He hasn’t left you. His Word promises that He draws close to the hurting, to the hopeless, to the lost, and to the brokenhearted. When you call out His name, He answers with love.
Let this Christmas shower you with the greatest gift of all – the love of Jesus Christ. As the angel stood before Mary, and proclaimed these words, “Do not be afraid” (Luke 2:10), this same baby, whose name is Jesus, now stands at the door of your heart, and says, “Do not be afraid.” This same baby will never leave you or forsake you.
Won’t you ask Jesus, today, to shower you with all His love from above, and all His blessings from above? Won’t you take this time, right now, to commit your life to Him? It is the greatest love of all, and the greatest gift of all.
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Remember, I love you, Jesus loves you, and every good and perfect gift, comes from the Father up above.