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Christmas begins the unfolding of the revelation of God’s love and salvation for all of us – it begins with a birth.

1 John 4:9-10  In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.

Some Bible versions say “this is how God showed his love for us…”  or “God demonstrated his love for us…” Love is shown in its actions.  Its not just an airy fairy feeling, but a doing thing.  In the birth of Jesus, in this man, the revelation of God’s love was shown as being real and powerful and personal.  We can know that God loves us because of Christmas, because of Christ.   Christmas is love living and breathing, active and alive!

Jesus is the demonstration of the love of God for us.  He came and lived as a demonstration of WHO God is. Colossians 1:15 says that Jesus  “is the image of the invisible God.” Colossians 2:9 says “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.”  As Jesus lived he showed us how God loves us – touching the untouchable, healing the sick, accepting the rejected, freeing the bound…  Jesus not only in his divinity was God wrapped in flesh, but in the way he lived his life displayed the mercy, graciousness, compassion and power of God.

1 John 4:11-12  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.

As God has demonstrated in the life and death of Jesus his great love for us, so we too should be demonstrators and do-ers of love.  As Christians God calls us to be witnesses and ambassadors for Himself.  We demonstrate the reality of God through the active ways we love. 

People talk about the Christmas “spirit”, the joy, happiness and giving-ness of Christmas.   People smile at each other, give seasonal greetings.   Christmas shouldn’t begin and end in December – it should permeate every part of our life.  That is – the whole thing of God loving us first and giving His Son Jesus so that we can have eternal life and know Him – should be demonstrated in our life at every minute.   As God loved us we should go and do likewise.

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