God is Love
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (I Cor 13:13). Creation sprang out of love at the beginning of time. “On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job. 28:6) We are part of a cosmic plan that is beyond our comprehension. We had a glimpse of how far God was willing to go to demonstrate His love for us on the first Christmas. He could have been a “clockmaker” deity who put the universe in place, wound it up and let it run on its own. But instead, He became part of our story.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
I John 4:7-8
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
We come to the final week of Advent – the candle of love. This is a love that is so much bigger than the love of a friend, or a lover, or a child for its parents. This is the love that created us. Many astronauts who visit the space station are struck by how beautiful and fragile our planet looks. It is a jewel in the vast, chaotic universe that has been visited by the Son of God. The attention to detail is infinite; all the people who have ever been born have asked questions and been filled with wonder as they looked for answers. But, the more we learn, the more questions we need to ask. A God who could be understood by us is too small.
Despite the wonder of creation, the greatest mystery of all is that the creator chose to enter our story. It’s as though Shakespeare wrote himself into the play. But this is not a myth, it is reality. God became flesh and dwelt among us and “we beheld his glory.” A God who can only love a few is too small. Our God is infinite in his love, reaching back in time and forward into the future with an unending river of love, holding us all together and uniting us as his children. This is good news that gives us hope, peace and joy. We no longer fear a God who could destroy us forever, rather we run to his knee, as the children ran to Jesus, and let him hold us as in his arms. There is enough room for everyone.
“Love you forever. . . Love you more,” He says to us.
” Lord, thank you for your love that prepared this beautiful world for us. It cost you everything. You became involved with us and faced the dark side of humanity. How bitter to be rejected and tossed aside by the very ones you created. Thank you for not giving up on us. Let us share your love with all those we meet this Christmas.” Amen