“For God so loved the world,
that he gave
his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 KJV
The love of God goes beyond all human comprehension!! He created people in his own image to have fellowship with them. When they yielded to the serpent’s temptation and disobeyed God - even before they knew that they needed forgiveness, God promised a Savior who would make forgiveness possible. To the serpent he said: “I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15 This is a prophesy of Satan’s final destruction and Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.
Another reference of the coming Savior is made to Abraham in Genesis 22:18 “Through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”
900 years later God said to David: “I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong…..Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.” 2 Samuel 7:12, 16.
Isaiah 9:6,7 sees the coming Savior as clearly as if it had already happened. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
The coming of our Savior was not an afterthought – it was in the Father’s loving heart from all eternity and he made it happen!
During these days before Christmas as we get busier and busier with Christmas lists – shopping and baking, may we KEEP LOOKING UP beyond the tinsel and decorations to the true meaning of the season. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son ... that we could have everlasting life. HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!!
Listen to the Gaither Vocal Band sing - THE LOVE OF GOD