John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
I hope the Christmas Season is full of Jesus’ presence for you. The presence of loved ones is a greater blessing than any material things. The greatest blessing still is the presence of Jesus, Emmanuel who came through incarnation to be with us.
The birth of Jesus God-man, the core of Christmas, was a real moment at a real time in history that carries eternal impact. How incredible it must have been for the generation that got to see Jesus in the flesh. What if He could be seen like that today? What if His voice could be heard, his character observed and His grace felt by those in our time?
THE CORE TRUTH OF CHRISTMAS: Jesus Came in Flesh to Reveal God’s Love for Humanity.
1John 4:9-10 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Jesus’ life demonstrates the fullness of God’s love. God’s love motivated his coming. As God in flesh Jesus uniquely understands and helps our struggle with darkness. He faced the full measure of temptation & struggle in this fallen world. He did that out of deep love for us AND in order to set us free.
Jesus’ love must be received through faith to be fully experienced. Like all love, it must be embraced to be fully experienced. He has offered himself to us. All who trust in Him & His love gain the deep peace of eternal life. Then we get the privilege of sharing it with others!
THE ONGOING PRIVILEGE OF CHRISTMAS: Let Jesus Reveal God’s Love through You by Releasing it Others.
Eph. 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Just how can we do this? We aren’t Jesus are we? True but, Jesus very presence is within every true follower. His desire is to reveal Himself through us. Here are soem ways we can let that happen.
First, Continually rest in God’s love for you.
1John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Second, Show love through meeting practical needs.
1John 3:17-19 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
Third, Show love through understanding & compassion on those trapped in sin.
Matthew 18:33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’
Finally, Show love through intentionally gracious speech towards those lost in darkness.
Colossians 4:5-6 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
How will people ever experience the reality & love of God for themselves? It is possible through you! Jesus came to express the love of God to all humanity. Who is on your path that He can love through you?
Join us this final Sunday before Christmas as we continue or reflection on experiencing and expressing the presence of Christ. You can catch the full lesson at www.parkviewfamily.com.