Paul the Apostle says that God demonstrated his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners; Christ died for us. The journey that ended on the cross at Calvary first began at a stable in Bethlehem, where the King of Glory came into our world, dwelt among us and humbled himself in obedience to the will of the father. From his very humble beginning at a stable in Bethlehem that first Christmas morning to his death on the cross, the central theme of his coming, his life and his message was God’s love for all of mankind. So consider the words of the apostle when he said “behold, what manner of love the father has given unto us? That we should be called the children of God.” It is the greatest love story ever told, the coming of Jesus Christ and his death for the sins of us all. In considering this love, let us reflect on the question that Paul asked: “who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor, depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As we reflect on his coming let us remember why he came, and embrace the gift that he so freely gives to all who are willing to receive it.
Merry Christmas everybody!