Today's Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:9-10

In today’s reading, God’s love is clearly seen through the first coming of Christ and we cannot help but be reminded of the love shown in His divine and ordained death. On the cross, our sins were defeated forever. We hear words like manifest, propitiation, and love repeated throughout the Bible and usually these words are accompanied by grace, or God’s unmerited favor. The only way God can lavishly give us His grace is because of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We see throughout the Christmas story, the thread of God’s love and grace being woven into our sin-wrecked lives. We see that God is victorious over the impossible; nothing and no one can thwart His plans. The glorious act of God sending His Son and the delightful obedience of Christ coming down to us should awaken our lulled hearts and minds to worship Him. We are to adore Him not only during Christmas but throughout every season of our lives.

A few lines from a favorite Christmas hymns says:

“Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

….Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.”

We read today that God, “loved us and sent His Son...” These words sum up what Christmas and our entire faith is about: A Savior lovingly and obediently coming to a messed up world, appeasing the wrath of God, so that we may live through Him and proclaim that He is our Hope and our Emmanuel. Praise Him for His humble birth that started it all!