For The Love of God

But Why?  Why did God want us to know Him?  Why did God desire us to have the Hope of eternity with Him?  Why was ‘Joy’ a thing that a Holy God wanted His creation to enjoy and share?  Why did it matter to Him if we experienced a Peace that passed all understanding or not?  

The answer to those ‘why’ questions is the crowning truth of the Christmas Story.  The answer is found in the most recognized Bible text in the world - John 3:16-17:

[16] “For God so loved the world,(1) that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


Why?  For God so loved YOU!  Let’s go even deeper.  The Christmas Story was followed up by the ultimate expression of that Love that God lavishes upon us.  It is defined here in Romans 8:31-39:


"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8 reminds us what the Christmas story is all about, by defining the glorious result of the birth of Jesus.

What was the result of Jesus' birth? Love. 

Jesus deserved to be loved, but he was rejected so that we, who deserve to be rejected, would be eternally loved by the Father.

Jesus subjected himself to the fickle and failing love of his followers so that we will know the faithful and unfailing love of the father.

Jesus experienced separation from the Father so that nothing could ever separate us from the Father's love.

Do you know the Love of God?