“LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”1 Kings 8:23
In my short existence here on Earth, I have not understood so clearly as I do today the love of God toward us. It may be cliché to consider this on Christmas Eve day, but really it has been a month-long process of studying the Gospels and the prophecies that were told many years before the birth of our Savior.
On my way to work this morning, that song, “All I Want for Christmas” came on and although it’s a secular song, I was overwhelmed by the lyrics, “All I want for Christmas is you, baby.” I felt like this lyric was the cry of a people to God, and the statement of God toward us in His giving the gift of His only begotten Son for us, and His continual calling to us to come to Him.
For hundreds, even thousands of years, humanity was searching for a Savior. We were making sacrifices that couldn’t truly save us. We needed a Messiah, otherwise we would die in our sin and be forever separated from God. Prophets spoke of this Messiah’s coming years and years before His birth, giving us the GPS triangulation, if you will, of who He would be and where we would find Him. Then, for hundreds of years, the Prophets fell silent, and all we wanted for “Christmas” was this baby.
And all God wanted was you, baby. You are all He still wants, every second of every day.
Consider the plan that was put in place, the even minute details of His coming, and how many things had to be fulfilled for our salvation. Jesus had to be born at a specific time, in a particular place, to a certain person. He had to perform certain acts, and had to fulfill hundreds of prophecies spoken about Him. If He failed to fulfill even one of those prophecies, He wouldn’t be the Messiah. Not only that, but He would have to give up His life willingly and take on the punishment for the sins of the world while remaining sinless Himself, a seemingly impossible feat. But He did it, and every prophecy told from the first to the last was fulfilled in one man, Jesus Christ. The odds of that happening are by our standards eternally impossible. Even 8 out of the hundreds of prophecies being fulfilled in one person is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. That’s humanly impossible.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”Jesus, Matthew 19:26
And all of it was done for love; it was done for you.
Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel – God with us, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6). Consider that we could not contain even a microbe of His love for us if He were to reveal it to us in all it’s glory. We would not be able to stand in a drop of His love; we would implode if we could truly grasp the magnitude of it.
So great is the love of the Father toward us, that He gave His only Son. Jesus, the Word, who is with God and is God gave up His throne of majesty and rights to Heaven to come to us as a baby. He lived and died for us. He went into Hell and the grave for us, and He rose again to give us resurrection and make us heirs with Him of all Heaven has to offer.
Oh, that we would understand this truth, this love, this hope we have in Him! And oh, that we would praise His holy and wonderful name!
Prayer: Oh God our Father, thank You for giving us Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for Your love which never disappoints, never fails, never leaves us empty, but exceeds anything we could ever think or imagine. Thank You for keeping Your covenant with Your people, despite our unfaithfulness. Thank You, Jesus, my blessed Savior for giving up Your life for me. How marvelous! How wonderful, is my Savior’s love for me! You are worthy of so much more than little old me, but I give You my whole heart, my whole life, Jesus! How I love You so.