John 3:16 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.
The past tense loved is used deliberately to emphasize the fact that God did not just start loving the world today, He has always loved and will always love the world. It would have been understandable had the bible said God loves the people who love Him back; those who are living good lives, the righteous and heaven bound people. However, we are told that God loves everyone. He loves the world.
The world if look at it, is the place of the operation of the devil. But God loved everyone in the world. He loves you regardless of who you are. a drug addict, a murderer, thief, liar, etc.
The different is that we have accepted the love of God. and they are yet to accept His love. But He love them anyway.
Romans 8:1- " There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit"
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death" it is like then law of gravity being violated by the law of lift and thrust. The law of sin and death is lower law and the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the higher law.
We are celebrating this season because God chose not to stay back in heaven but to step in the ranks of flesh to save you and I. Imagine where we would be today had God not sent Jesus to the world. I donít know about you but I am glad that Jesus was sent into the world. I want you to know that God is God all by Himself, He does not have to create human being. But, God created us because God is love and He loves us. And love is expressive and is best demonstrated toward an object.
I am so grateful that Jesus was born and that He died for us even when we were lost in sin and far from Him.
Let me tell you this morning, if you have never had a relationship with God or your relationship with God has grown cold. Well, this is the best opportunity to begin to build a relationship with God. It would be unfortunate if you were to celebrate Christmas without truly understanding its import.
Jesus died to give us a purpose to live and we celebrate Christmas to extend that reason to live to other people.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Jesus died to give us an exemption status; exemption from sickness, sorrow, disappointment and the uncertainties unbelievers are plagued with. He died, dealing with the issue of sin so that everyone would be given a chance at a clean slate.
You might think that you are too deep in sin to have a clean slate but let me assure you that there are people who were more entrenched in sin than you, but with just a touch from Jesus, their lives were turned around. Remember the thief on the right hand of Jesus on the cross.
Make a bold stand for Jesus today because when you make a bold stand for Jesus here on earth, He will make a bold stand for you in heaven.
We are confronted with different pictures of God in the bible. We see a picture of Him seated in heaven, another of Him standing as he did when he was welcoming Stephen after his death. The picture which I find most fascinating and exciting is the picture of the running God in Luke 15.
The most amazing fact about this running God is that He is always running to sinners with arms wide open to receive them. The prodigal son joined himself to the operation of the world, leaving the kingdom of God. He returned home feeling defeated and downcast but was welcomed by his father who had been looking out for him all the while he was gone.
And the most amazing thing about this was that His father did not rub his failure in his face but began with him on a clean slate.
When I meditate on, I began to sing Yet there is room: the Lambs bright hall of song, With its fair glory, beckons thee along; Room, room, still room! O enter, enter now.
God wont rub your past failures and mistakes in your face and He would never use them against you. Just come to and He will make you whole.