Monday, December 28
Perhaps the greatest Christmas text is also one of the most familiar to Christians: “For 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16, 17).
God so loved . . . so “agaped” the world, he put his privilege, his position, and his power aside and gave. He did what was best for us, not thinking of himself. And more than that, he allowed himself to be humiliated to complete the gift.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). The cross stands at the other end of the manger, and it is closely followed by the resurrection.
Our personal challenge at Christmas is to take the long view and remember the scope of why God sent his Son . . . not just to be born, not just to die, but to defeat death and connect us back to him. Love wins in the gift God sent. Be encouraged and reminded of God’s deep love for you.