It's Christmas eve--the eve when we celebrate Christ's birth--a time for us to remember that the One True God sent us the evidence of His amazing, undying love. It is a night to remember the selfless act of love of the Great I Am who forsook all so that He could demonstrate His great love for us.
In 1994, the year that revival hit several churches around the world, Martin Smith wrote a song that I believe would be appropriate for Christmas time. "Over the mountains and the sea, Your river runs with love for me. And I will open my heart and let the Healer set me free. I'm happy to be in the truth, and I will daily lift my hands, for I will always sing of when Your love came down. I could sing of Your love forever; I could sing of Your love forever..."
His love does flow like a mighty river, overtaking us and saturating us with His Presence. He is called Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus broke into time and space and the chaos of the world as the Prince of Peace, in His timing and in His way, as evidence of God's undying love for us. Apostle Paul puts it this way in Galatians 4:4-5: "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son...so that we might receive adoption as children."
Those who visited the Christ child were amazed! The shepherds and wise men were changed and left declaring the praises of God. Angels and a star spoke to them about the birth of a King. They prepared their hearts to receive this good news by setting aside their daily lives to seek after Him. They were rewarded for their commitment.
Today, hearts need to be reawakened to the reality of God's love. We need to stop and consider the magnitude and wonder of what Christ did as expressed in Psalm 8: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than heavenly beings and crowned Him with glory and honor."
God made a choice--love makes a choice. It involves commitment and is rooted in promises. As we receive Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, into our hearts we become heirs to His promises, and we are given the gift of eternal life in heaven with Him. John, the disciple, tells us that the birth of Jesus was only the beginning. "...Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love." (John 13:1) He was born to die a terrible death so that He could fulfill the requirements of the law and bring us into heaven with Him. What love!!
Christmas should be a celebration of God's love for us. God gave His Only Son, His best, for us as evidence of His love. Should we not give our best and all the love that we have to Him? I pray that you will have a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the wonder of God.
Joan E. Mathias