We've heard this passage a million times. It is the basis for our reason to celebrate Christmas. In order for God to give His son, God had to see that we needed Jesus. How great it must feel to know that God thought saw our needs ages ago and put a plan into action that would save the world. Save the world! That's huge!
My original point was that in order for Jesus to save the world, He had to first be born. I imagine that God searched high and low for the perfect woman to carry His child. Of course he had a strict criteria that she had to meet. I believe she had to be in good physical shape, humble, innocent, honest, trustworthy, respectful, submissive, beautiful, and more. These things and more were found in Mary. Fast forward to the birth of Jesus and the reason we celebrate on December 25th. You would think that the Son of God would have a red carpet rolled out for him at his birth. Sadly, this was not the case. His meek and humble birth would prove that material things do not matter. Jesus had what he needed at his birth, love.
Love is why he was born. Love is why he lived for 33 years. Love is why he was crucified. Love is why he died. Love is why he was resurrected and love is why he lives. Love is the true reason we celebrate the birth of our darling savior Jesus Christ. It was God's love many many centuries ago that orchestrated a plan to save all mankind. It was love that endured the painful rejections of His people and the warm embrace of true believers.
This holiday season, I challenge you to find love. Open your hearts and minds to loving someone that needs love. Love someone that has hurt you. Find forgiveness within yourself so that you can pass it on to others. Love someone that has never been loved. Love someone that wants to give up on life and love someone who is fighting for theirs. Love covers a multitude of sins and has the power to heal the sin-sick soul. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Jesus is love. While you are sharing gifts and smiles, mistletoe and memories, remember to place love in the midst and share Jesus with someone. It may be the only gift they receive. Merry Christmas!