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A Rescue Mission Of Love

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)

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. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

The message of Christmas is more than just angels and mangers, shepherds and magi. The true meaning of Christmas is the story of a rescue mission of love. 1 John 4:9-10 sums it up so well. God sent His Son to die so that we might live. How did He do this? Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus laid down His life as a human sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. He is the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God. He was miraculously conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and He lived a perfect life. He was an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to our Heavenly Father on our behalf. He took our place by taking our punishment. We deserve death and Hell and Jesus died in our place to keep us out of Hell. He faced the full brunt of the wrath of the Father so we wouldn’t have to face it ourselves.
The question is, “Why?” Why leave the throne room of Heaven and the adoration of angelic beings for a manger? Why come to earth knowing that You would be despised and rejected? Why come to earth knowing that You would suffer and die for the sins of humanity? The simple answer is, “Love.” The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus is an expression of and demonstration of the love of God. God’s love is so powerful and compassionate that He sent His only Son to make eternity possible with Him. He would rather die than spend eternity without us. Think about that today as we get closer to Christmas.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love that sent Jesus to earth to take away my sins. Thank You for the true meaning of Christmas and for the rescue mission of love Jesus came to fulfill. In His name, amen.
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