You can tell how much love and compassion a person has for you by just how far they will come to help you in your suffering and despair. So, think about this:
God came all the way from His throne in perfect heaven where there was no sin, to this world of darkness, sin, and evil. Unlike Kings who were treated royally in those times. They would travel to unfavorable places with their entourage of servants and all the comforts of home. Jesus came in the most vulnerable way through the womb of a young Jewish girl. He came fully human and completely helpless and dependent. He was born in a filthy animal stable.
When the multitude of the heavenly army of angels saw Him they started praising God and said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.” Realize that they had experienced His absence for 9 months.
Then He offers Himself, His body, His life as a gift to us. Even in our sin, Jesus demonstrated His love for us and gave His own life on the cross to save us forever from this sin and darkness. This is the gift we remember and celebrate on Christmas day.
Do you know that He was not forced to that cross? When He was asked if He was Jesus, He said “I AM”. With that, hundreds of soldiers drew back and fell to the ground. They were incapacitated. Jesus then willingly submitted Himself. He chose the cross out of His abundant love and compassion for us. It was a very public death, excruciatingly painful, and humiliating.
The good news is that the prophecy in the bible told of all of these details and they have been proven over and over again. Also proving true was the prophecy that Jesus, Immanual, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, the Savior of the world would be risen from the dead three days later. He is alive today!
There is no other living god. The small ‘g’ gods are just that! Not living. Nothing!
This deep compassionate love of Jesus has already been demonstrated to each of us! God loves us that much! So today, let’s acknowledge our need for Him to save us from our selfishness and sinful ways and let’s thank Him for His abundant love and sacrifice from the very bottom of our hearts and souls. Then let’s pursue Him and invite Him into a daily relationship with us! We do this through getting to know Him better through reading and studying the Bible. We read it to learn about God and why He chose us and how we should live for Him! Praying and talking with Him daily.
The Bible tells us in the book of Matthew that if we have open and moldable hearts and we seek Him, He will show us more of Him. He will help us understand the truths of the Bible. If our hearts are closed, calloused, and we are selfishly focusing on ourselves, then He will not open up the truths of the Bible to us. The more moldable, the more He teaches us!