We often use this verse in evangelistic contexts, telling people about how Jesus came to save them from their sins. Interestingly, it is less often used at Christmas, though it reminds us of the reason that Jesus came to earth those many years ago.
The final week of Advent focuses on love. The love of God was so great for mankind that He could not leave them in the darkness of their sins. Instead, He came Himself in the form of an infant to grow into a man who would die for the wrongs of others. When I think of the imagery that Scripture uses to describe Christ’s incarnation, my breath catches a bit. There is something profoundly moving about these themes of light dawning in the deepest darkness, hope overwhelming the greatest despair, the humble and the lowly being wrapped into an upside-down kingdom, love making a way where it seemed the path had all but disappeared. The beauty of the Christmas story is meant to stir our emotions and move our hearts.
As you celebrate Christmas this coming week, I would encourage you to find a way to creatively respond to the stirrings of your heart. As you reflect on God’s love for mankind, find a way to create something out of these reflections. Or, if you are not particularly artistic yourself, take time to view and contemplate the art of others. Allow your imagination about Christmas to be reawakened as you think about this beautiful true story.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us here at Inspiro! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!