1 John 4:9 This is how God showed His love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
There was a story on the internet about a doctor who was treating an eight year old twin. She needed a blood transfusion, but the hospital couldn’t find any of her type. The situation was desperate, so the doctor asked her twin brother if he would donate his blood. He thought for a minute and then nodded his head. He got up, solemnly hugged each of his parents, told them goodbye, and walked out with the doctor. The doctor didn’t realize anything was amiss until after the blood was drawn and the little boy asked, “When will I die?” He thought he was sacrificing his life for his sister. This is love at its highest.
God’s love is sacrificial. The whole Christmas story is about sacrifice. Jesus loves me enough to give up all the majesty and glory of heaven to come into this world to die for me. He loves me! He loves ME! He really, really loves me! It’s a thought I have a hard time comprehending because…
I MIGHT, under just the right circumstances, give up my life for someone else, but I can’t imagine ever deciding to give up my child or grandchild’s life for someone else. Yet that’s exactly what our heavenly Father did. He. Loves. Me. He loves me THAT much! Can you even begin to wrap your mind around a love so strong? Amazing isn’t a strong enough word for it. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4
Love that strong is the most awesome thing I’ve ever known! While I wanted nothing to do with Him, He still sent His Son specifically to die for me. He who did not spare his own Son…Romans 8:32
This Christmas season, meditate on how your life would be different if the Father hadn’t loved you enough to send Jesus to save you. This will be more real if you’ll journal some of your thoughts.