This Advent we are doing a blog series to celebrate how our loving God came near and revealed Himself to us in Jesus. So over these few weeks we will be looking at the themes of Joy, Love, Hope & Peace as we approach Christmas. This is the second blog in the series on Love.
1 John 4:10
“This is love – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
We often emphasize the last bit of this, the stunning truth that Jesus covered the cost of our sin. But that’s getting ahead of the story. Let’s slow down and ponder the build up. “… He loved us, and sent His Son…” Elsewhere, John refers to Jesus by the mysterious name, The Word. It means that Jesus is what God wants to tell us. Jesus is God’s communication with us. The entire Bible is known as The Word of God, and the person, Christ, is called The Word of God. Turns out, Jesus is the embodied message of God’s love for us. Because of an aching love, he sent this better-than-hologram communique, Jesus, in the flesh, in real time. The Apostle Paul tells us that God was pleased to have all of his fullness present in Christ. Jesus is a love letter to us, and everything we need to know about God can be discovered by “reading” Him.
And what did Jesus do? He forgave people of awful things, touched untouchables, shared meals with outcasts and unsavory ones, welcomed children, befriended foreigners and those his community hated, healed freely, felt compassion for masses, cried over the death of one, and gave himself up for all. This is God’s love in action.
“Observe how Christ loved us…. Love like that.” (Ephesians 5:2) That’s a tall order so we turn to Love’s Source.
“God who loves first, You sent a vulnerable baby to embody the love that heals the world. Help us this season to receive your love again, more deeply,and to look daily for ways to actively give it away. Amen.”
If you’d like to journey with us this Advent season, you can read our next blog ‘Hope’ on Monday 17th December and visit our previous blog at 24-7prayer.co.uk/news.