Each of us craves love. We want to be in meaningful relationships that encourage us to pursue the best versions of ourselves. We want to be fully known—and completely loved.
However, our flawed human nature has warped our sense of true love. We pursue passions and relationships that will never satisfy our hearts. We grasp for meaning and seek satisfaction in our careers, our spouses, our children, and even ourselves. During the Christmas season, we seek to give gifts that will reflect and perhaps even impart feelings of love. But God has already given us the ultimate gift of love—Jesus Christ.
We’ve likely heard John 3:16 a million times, especially if we’ve grown up in church. It’s considered the “for God so loved the world” verse that explains the message of salvation. This verse condenses the entire message of the gospel into one clear sentence. However, we often stop there. If we continue reading through verse 17, the message becomes even more meaningful.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it.
What radical love. God loved us while we were still sinners, and by believing in Christ’s finished work at the cross we can have eternal life in heaven with Him. But the message doesn’t end there. He came to bring light, life, and restoration. He came in a manger, lowly and small. He came so that we can live a full life on this side of heaven, too.
On that night so long ago, God imparted the greatest gift to the greatest sinners. With the baby’s cry, love spoke into the world. He came in the midst of turmoil and darkness to bring light and grace. He is love itself, and His love transforms our world.
When the world says we’re worthless, God’s love says we’re worthy.
When the world says we’re broken beyond repair, God’s love says we’re redeemable.
When the world says we need more to be fulfilled, God’s love says we can be satisfied in His goodness.
When the world says our failures define us, God’s love rewrites the story of our lives.