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God’s grace astounds me. 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. As the Son of God, Jesus could have been born in a palace surrounded by riches, pomp, and circumstance. Instead, He chose a lowly manger. His birth wasn’t announced by the media, His birth was announced to shepherds. Jesus came to walk dusty roads, live in this messy world, and experience the realities of human life.
Jesus came to die so that we may live. Sin separates man from God, and Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself in our place. Trying to comprehend that kind of love boggles my tiny brain. I can see myself valiantly dying for family and friends, but could I sacrifice my life for those who have attacked me? For those who have harmed loved ones? For those who leave a trail of destruction?
How could anyone love that much?
God does. “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 NIV).
How can anyone love that much? Jesus does. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV).
Christmas is about the love of a Heavenly Father and His Precious Son, Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time to remember no matter where you are, who you are, and what is happening, or has happened in your life – you are loved. You are loved by God who offers grace, mercy, and eternal life.
Merry Christmas, you are loved by unfailing love!