This post is participating in today's blog carnival on the word LOVE. To read other posts, click here.
As all my friends texted holiday wishes this Christmas, one stood out. This one seemed to go against all the "Keep Christ in Christmas" and "Jesus is the reason for the season" bumper stickers.
This text said simply, U r the reason 4 the season.
At first I thought she wrote it incorrectly, so I read it again looking for the typo. But, there wasn't one.
That's when it hit me: without me, there wouldn't be a need for Christmas.
Ok, so that sounds somewhat egocentric, but hang in there with me. God is this crazy amazing being made of love. It is out of that crazy, amazing love that he chose to step into flesh, to show us that God does love us and that he didn't abandon us to the evil that surrounds us, to bring us back to this relationship. God, the first and greatest lover, pursues us, rescues us. Of course not because we deserve it. If we do things only to those who deserve it, we are not doing things out of love. Love is reckless and wasteful and best when done without reason. Without the object of his divine love, he would need not have needed to be born in that smelly stable cave. He would not have needed to know hunger, cold, pain, grief, fear. He would not have needed to suffer.
But he did all those things for me...for you. We are the reason for the season. Thank you, Jesus.