December 20, 2010 – The Gift of LOVE

Posted on December 23, 2010

For God so loved the world that he gave His One and Only Son… – John 3:16

I’m going to be short and sweet this week, and simply recap my sermon from Sunday, “When Love was Born”.

As we’ve been observing advent, we’ve looked at the themes for each week:

  • Week 1: Hope
  • Week 2: Peace
  • Week 3: Joy
  • Week 4: LOVE

It is from our Father’s loving heart that all of the other attributes flow. Because of His great love for us, He has given us the hope of eternal life, the peace that passes understanding, and the joy of our salvation that is our strength. All of these are personified in His great gift of LOVE, the gift of His Son; the gift of Himself. In His coming to earth, he showed us:

  1. The GLORY of Love’s Arrival – “We saw his glory–the glory of the One and Only, full of grace and truth, who came from the father.” (John 1:14)
  2. The REASON for Love’s Arrival – “God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)
  3. The ATONEMENT of Love’s Arrival – “God demonstrates his own love for us in that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. And so, we have now been justified by Christ’s atoning sacrifice” (Romans 5:8-9)
  4. The CONSEQUENCE of Love’s Arrival – “I give you a new commandment–to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)
  5. The ENDURANCE of Love’s Arrival – “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

So, as you celebrate Christmas this year, don’t forget to take some time to reflect on the indescribable, insurmountable, overwhelming gift of love you’ve been given in Christ. And don’t forget to GIVE that gift to others! It beats anything on anybody’s Christmas List!

PRAYER
Gracious God, send us your grace this Advent Season so that we can prepare for your coming. Touch our hearts with longing so that we can better love and serve you and each other. Fill us with the hope that we can be transformed by your Spirit and so help transform the world. Give us the peace of knowing that you came to share our human life and redeem us for the sake of love. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, whose kingdom we seek. Amen.

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