Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-12
Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of Jesus. In this one act, God shows us how much we are loved. We are shown the depth of God’s love in a number of ways. We are told that heaven is a place where there is no pain, no tears, no hurt, no evil. “Paradise” is a word associated with God’s dwelling place. That God would leave heaven and choose to live amongst us here is one way the birth reveals the depth of God’s love for us. God’s choice to put on flesh and walk amongst us sinners reveals a love that is hard to understand.
Verse three states, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory”. As our Emmanuel, God with us, Jesus reveals the compassionate heart that beats in heaven. Rather than be the Lord or King that He could have been, Jesus instead chose the role of humble servant. With a wave of His hand or a whisper of His voice Jesus could have wiped out all evil and injustice. With a thought He could have removed the Romans. Instead Jesus became like you and me, demonstrating God’s love through simple acts of mercy, friendship, compassion, and love – in ways you and I can follow and practice. He became like us so we could be like Him. Oh how He loves us!
These are just two reasons we celebrate the love of God revealed in the birth. But in knowing the end, we are also amazed at the birth. How hard it would be to bring a child into this world knowing that they would die a horrific and unjust death. What an amazing love that God would send Jesus knowing that the cross loomed. As a parent we would do all we could for our child to avoid that death. God did all He could to insure that Jesus would go to the cross. It is a love I cannot fathom. Yet for this love, I say thanks be to God.