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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2: 10, 11 King James Version

I watched as a man picked up his newborn baby from his wife’s arms and as he held this precious baby in his eager arms the tears of joy began to flow down his cheeks. There was another precious adorable baby born and His name is Jesus. He was born to die for us so that we might be saved and live with Him for all eternity but more than that, He was born to love us and to show us how to love each other.

As I saw the man hold his newborn baby, I was reminded that there is a celebration in Heaven over every person who accepts Jesus as his or her personal Saviour and is born again into God’s family. I believe that the tears of joy run down the cheeks of our Heavenly Father as He tenderly picks us up in His loving arms and holds us close to His heart.

There is no greater love than the love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus. They have so much love for us and they proved their love for us. God proved it by sending His precious Son to die on the cross for us. Every time I think about Him sending His Son knowing in advance that His Son would be humiliated, tortured, abused, criticized, judged, ridiculed, spat upon, cursed and mocked, I think who am I that He would love me so much that He would send His Son to die for me.

Our loving and precious Saviour not only endured physical pain like we will never begin to understand, He also suffered tremendous emotional pain. He, who had never done anything wrong, was ridiculed and scorned and criticized time and time again. What kind of love would make Him walk that seemingly endless road to Calvary and there allow Himself to be beaten and tortured beyond human comprehension?

It is the love that can only come from the heart of God and Jesus. It is a sacrificial love. It is a love that says over and over “I love you and I forgive you”. Not only is Jesus the definition of unconditional love; He is love itself! I believe with all of my heart that He died of a broken heart. I believe the pain in His heart was greater than the pain in His body. I think as He hung there bearing in His own body all of our sins that He was brokenhearted and that the tears of rejection and hurt were so thick in His heart that He died of a broken heart. Again, I say, there is no greater love than the love of Jesus and our Heavenly Father!

I think the question we need to ask ourselves is “Do I love Jesus and if I really do love Him then what am I doing to prove my love for Him and to Him”? Just as we want our loved ones to love us so Jesus wants us to love Him. He longs for our fellowship. He stands at the door of our hearts waiting for us to open the door so He can spend some time with us.

All too often, we neglect Him and sometimes don’t even think about Him unless we need something. How many times a day do we tell Him that we love Him? I’m just as guilty as you are; I don’t tell Him enough how much I love Him. May God forgive us for taking advantage of His amazing and unconditional love for us.

Joanne Lowe
August 29, 2007

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