Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 1, 2016

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:34-35

Love is never out of season but the Christmas season is when love shines the brightest. Love is at the heart of the Christmas story because God's love was expressed through the gift of His beloved Son, Jesus.

So, love and Christmas are inseparable. Christmas is so meaningful because love is so powerful.

Love is powerful because it brings significance from the one who loves to the one who is loved.

Love is powerful, too, because it brings security!

When you love someone and they love you back it gives you a sense of security. You know you are not alone in life when someone loves you. You know there is someone you can counsel with and count on if life gets tough. You know there will always be someone who will celebrate with you in the good times.

Security is why God sent Jesus!

Because of God's great love Jesus came to secure your eternal salvation by dying on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins. He secured your victory over death when He rose from the dead. He secured a personal relationship with you when He sent the Holy Spirit.

In an insecure world, you need the security that comes from loving Jesus and being loved by Him! 

That is why Jesus came at Christmas! You can be secure in that truth! 

God's love brings significance! 

God's love brings security!

Love has a Name and it's Jesus!

Love Has A Name

"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again." John 3:16-17 (The Message)

There is good reason that more songs have been written about love than any other single topic. Love is the most powerful emotion human beings are capable of giving or receiving. We all crave it. 

Love can help you more than anything else and it can also hurt you more than anything else.

Genesis one tells us that each of us have been created in the image of God and I believe the need to give and receive love is the remnant of His image hard-wired into our nature.

One reason love is powerful is because it can give you significance and you need to feel significant. 

Your parents play a crucial role in making you feel significant by the manner in which they loved you. But if they failed to do that then there is an even more significant Person Who loves you! His name is Jesus!

That is the good news of John 3:16! God expressed His infinite, everlasting and unconditional love for you by sending His only Son to die for you on the cross! 

Get your mind around that if you can! The most Significant Being in the universe gave His most significant Gift to demonstrate the significance He places in your salvation to eternal life!

Get your heart around that and you will feel the embrace of His significant love!

One of the great gifts of Christmas is the gift of His Significant love!

Love has a name and it's JESUS!