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Christmas – The Festival of Love!?

  • Timon 

“Christmas, the festival of love!” You’ve probably heard this saying. But from where? Personally I’ve heard it mostly at places where any reference to Christ or Christianity at Christmas was avoided. “Celebrating family, brotherhood, love, joy and charity.” Yet we indeed celebrate a very special love at Christmas!

For God so loved the world…

… that he gave his one and only Son (Jn 3:16a). The apostle John writes almost the same words again in one of his letters: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9). It was love that moved God to send his only Son to us. Our children mostly just say God when they speak about Jesus. And since that is theologically justifiable, we could also say that God himself came to earth. He made his way to us and became a human being, born in Bethlehem. In this we see God’s love. God humbled himself like no other king or ruler ever did and became the servant of all (Phil 2:6-11).

Saving Love

John continues, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) Why was Jesus sent to earth? For a more healthy, peaceful, socially just or environmentally friendly world? No, he came because we were lost in our sins and needed a saviour! He saw that our world was gripped by the pandemic of sin and that we could never get it under control ourselves. He brought hope into our hopeless condition. He took the first step and loved us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5: 8). It was a saving love. He was sent with the mission to offer himself up for our sins, “that we might live through him”.

Love that moves… us too!

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11 NIV) John immediately draws the conclusion that God’s love should move us to love one another. When we understand how immeasurably wide, long, high and deep his love for us is (Eph 3:18-19), then we cannot help but pass this love on! Do we take the time to grasp this, to share this?

How does God want to show his love to the world through you this Christmas? How does God want you to show that He loves them? I would like invite us to make the love of this festival visible on the festival of love: Jesus Christ, moved by love, who came to us, born in bethlehem, as saviour of this world.

We wish you a blessed Christmas!

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