The Festival of Love

Norbert Lieth

A teacher holds a 20-dollar bill high in the air in front of his class and asks, “Who wants it?” Of course, every hand goes up. Then the teacher crumples the bill and asks, “Do you still want it?”

Every hand goes up again. The teacher throws the crumpled bill on the floor and tramples it. “And do you still want it now?”

Once again, every hand goes up. Then the teacher says, “You’ve learned an important lesson today! No matter what I do to this 20-dollar bill, you still want it because its value hasn’t changed. It’s still worth 20 dollars. In life, you’ll be repeatedly frustrated and pushed away, if not hated, by some people. And you’ll feel worthless. But never forget: no matter what pain you have to experience, how many people push you away, no matter how far you fall, you will never lose your value. The value of our lives isn’t measured by what we do or by who we know, but by who we are. You will never be valued less to God and the people who love you!”

When Jesus Christ came into the world, God told us that He loves us as we are, and that we’ll never be irrelevant to Him. The Bible puts it this way: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love…” (1 John 4:16).

Everyone is happy when someone says, “I love you” sincerely and demonstrates it. Christmas displays the boundless love that God has poured out through Jesus all over the world—and therefore over you as well. Someone once said of it, “Almighty God inclines His face toward earth, becomes flesh and man, becomes like one of us…This is not the stuff of myth and legend. This is the immeasurable love of God for the people.”

Love means that God doesn’t give up.

The first humans, Adam and Eve, lost a great deal when they allowed themselves to be seduced and began ignoring God. When they wanted to take their lives into their own hands and to rule, they were no longer their own rulers and ruin took its course. Sin came into the world, and with it death and all the bad things that hold sway over our planet.

Any way you slice it, the Word of God is right when it states, “…sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Sin separates us from a life with God, alienating us from our Creator and from humanity. It is the reason for all senselessness, all greed, all selfishness, every lie, all quarrels, and all cruelty.

Nevertheless, man holds his value, and God does everything to regain the lost. Before He will abandon mankind, He is ready to become a man Himself and to take on all guilt and death. That’s why the apostle of Jesus writes in the Bible, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Love means that God wants you.

One of the most famous works of art is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. God stretches out his extended finger to Adam’s limp hand. This touch awakens Adam to what God had appointed for him.

None of us is a product of chance. He wanted every human.

Christmas means: God touches a lost world with His life through Jesus Christ, in order to awaken people and to have an eternal, glorious fellowship with them.

Having just said that sin is the ruin of humanity, we can come to know—through Jesus’ coming into the world—that “this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Timothy 1:15).

In Jesus, God reaches out and touches us. In Him, He offers us perfect forgiveness. He animates us to new life in Him. Prominent minister S. M. Lockridge said of Him, “His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you.”

Christmas means that God has said yes to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re worth it, how you feel, or how heavy your guilt lies on you.

Love means that you need it.

“All You Need Is Love” became a worldwide hit for the Beatles in its time. Didn’t the song become a world success, because it voices the deepest longing of all people?

But no person can give what God gives. Therefore, we must say that, “All you need is Jesus!” In Him, God’s love has been realized: in the stable in Bethlehem, in His life, in His gospel, in His death, and in His resurrection.

The coming of Jesus Christ into the world tells us that God loves us as we are. God loves truly and unconditionally. He gives us everything, even though we haven’t earned it. To Him, you’re worthy because He created you and wanted you.

But what good are all the candles, if our hearts remain dark? The most important visitor in the history of the world came to us through Jesus, but few open the doors of their hearts, so everything remains dark, cold and empty.

Make Christmas a festival by inviting Jesus.

Midnight Call - 12/2018

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