Read Ephesians 3:14-21. Why does Christmas even exist? It’s because God loves you. He loves you so much that he came to earth as a human – the only way you and I could really begin to know him and love him back. When you look at the baby Jesus, lying in the manger, you begin to understand what God is really like.
You are made in God’s image. You have the ability to love God. But he doesn’t wait for that! He makes the first move by sending Jesus so we could better understand his love and our need for God. God could have chosen a myriad of ways to communicate with us. Instead, he chose the best way: in the face of a child.
God is love. Love is his nature. Love is the essence of his character. He made you to love you. He loves you on your good days as well as your bad days. He loves you when you’re full of Christmas joy and when you’re channelling the Grinch! He loves you whatever mood you’re in, whatever you think and whatever you do. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do that will make him love you less.
You may not be able to understand that. A love so great is beyond our understanding. But that doesn’t make it less true. The face of the child Jesus says to you today, God loves you!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• How does it feel to know that God loves you this much?