Love For a Change
Are you looking for love this Christmas? Jesus extends his hand to you with the greatest love that is eternal.
But on that night in a stable, love came that would break open the hearts and minds of many and would liberate the world.
Kathryn and I have been watching some of the Hallmark Christmas movies in the lead up to Christmas. They all have the same sort of story — girl goes back to a small town and meets her old boyfriend. Both of them have gone through some breakup with previous partners and are now available. After the initial awkward first meeting, a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, they finally fall in love again all culminating with a town celebration of “lighting up the Christmas Tree”, walking around the Christmas markets, lots of smiles and hugs, and the obligatory Christmas kiss.
However, for many, life is not like those Hallmark movies. Around the world people will be spending Christmas day alone, or in a refugee camp, detention, prison, in war torn areas, on the streets, under persecution and in poverty.
On the day Jesus came into the world at Bethlehem, His people were living under Roman rule and persecution. Good News arrived in the form of a baby — the Son of God, who stepped into real life, real struggles, and real sadness. But on that night in a stable, love came that would break open the hearts and minds of many and would liberate the world. The angels declared:
“Do not be afraid. I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Are you looking for love this Christmas? Jesus extends his hand to you with the greatest love that is eternal. He invites you to be his child and to know his voice, his hand and his care.
“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)
This is the Good News of Love this Christmas to know and to share with others.
Have a Blessed Christmas Day.