God So Loved
For all the great gifts that will be received this Christmas, no gift is as good, great and gracious as God’s love. His love is deep. His love is wide. His love is wonderfully bewildering.
Who does God love? He loves the hopeless. He loves the desperate. He loves the outcasts. He loves the unlovable. He loves the world (yes, this world!) and he loves YOU. Don’t believe it? Read it for yourself: “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” (John 3:16). Who did He give His son for? He gave him for a fractured, flopping and failing world. No perfect people need apply!
If you’re in this world, God loves you! God doesn’t just “so-so” love you. God soooo loves you! He loved you so much that he gave his one and only son for you. That is the ultimate gift and once believed and received, this gift is the gift that truly keeps giving. “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23b).
Have you received this gift? The manger reminds us that it is available to you, to me, to him, to her, to all. So, don’t be a stranger to the manger. We invite you to gaze again and marvel at the manger with us. Grab your Bible, bring a friend and let’s discover again how God soooo loves the world.