We all want love, and we’ll go to the ends of the earth to find it…even if what we bring home is only a cheap imitation. But what if love doesn’t need to be found? What if it’s already right here, right now, not so much within our reach, as reaching out to us? What if there’s no need to go looking for love because love has come looking for us?
This is Christmas; we’ll celebrate precisely this truth, that love has come−not only in the form of an infant King born in a barn, but in that same King’s relentless, passionate longing to love us in a way that will change everything…if only we will let Him.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. I mean, that’s the Christmas story, right? But what if I told that’s not the whole Christmas story? What if I told you that the Christmas story isn’t just confined to the first few chapters of the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke? What if I told you that the Christmas story actually begins in the first few pages of the Bible? What if the story that you and I think of as “the Christmas story” is actually the climax of a story that begins in the very earliest days of human history?
Let’s talk about Isaac today. None of what God ultimately did, with Abraham and Isaac, depends on Abraham. But Abraham did have one all-important role to play: he chose to trust the Giver, not the gift. If he had refused to trust God, as hard and heartbreaking as God’s call seemed, I think things would have turned out very differently…not just for Abraham, but for all of us. But he didn’t. He chose to trust God.
Throughout this series, we’ve been seeing that God’s love for us is too deep for him to leave us lost in our sin, our heartache, our pain, our suffering. No matter where you are or what you’re facing, you need to understand that his love has come and is coming for you. What might seem like a slow arrival is, in fact, an indication that what’s coming is bigger and better than you would have ever dared to dream. That’s Christmas.
Christmas is the celebration of the fact –not the hope or the possibility – but the simple yet stunning fact that love has come. This is Christmas; the celebration of precisely this truth, that love has come−not only in the form of an infant King born in a barn, but in that same King’s relentless, passionate longing to love us in a way that will change everything…if only we will let Him.