Can you imagine? The magnitude of love that the Father had for His children is overwhelming when you try to wrap your mind around it. His son – His only son would have to be sacrificed in order to restore relationship with His beloved children, the Jewish Nation. But relationship is important to the Father. He wanted His children to realize that this babe in the manger was His way of redeeming that relationship.
He had sent them many signs of the appearing of this Child. But because they wanted an earthly kingdom they missed the signs. After all, how could a baby redeem their nation? That night when Jesus was born was the next step in the plan of redemption that would now include everyone who would believe in Him, joining all those before this time who had looked forward to this day. The good news is that now we Gentiles are included in His plan…and had been from the beginning.
Is it any wonder that He describes this love in the following way in 1 Corinthians 13:3-19 (MSG)
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
“The Complete” arrived that first Christmas. Now, all of our incompletes are canceled in Him. It is impossible to understand this with our mind; we must be willing to understand with our spirit, that place where the Holy Spirit lives and dwells within us. “He in us” is the only way to understanding the Love that was sent to earth to die so that we might live.
May your human spirit hunger and thirst after this truth – The King was born in a manger and loves you because He is love. Our prayer is that this Love will dwell in you so big that you spread it to a hurting and dying world.
Rex & Carolyn, the Staff and Board of Trustees of Covenant Keepers, Inc.