Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
In 1885, English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti wrote a poem called Love Came Down at Christmas, which was later put to music. This beautiful poem, which speaks of Jesus as love incarnate, God’s love coming down to earth, is based on 1 John 4:7-11:
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
Christmas is a season marked by peace, hope, joy, and love. The birth of Jesus brought the peace of God into the world. It brought the hope of salvation to mankind. It brought joy in the face of suffering. And it brought real love, the immeasurable love of God, in the form of a baby who, though born of a human mother, was the Son of God. God sent His Son on Christmas as a sacrifice to take away our sins. And He did this not because we loved Him, but because He loved us. He did this because He loved us so much that He wanted us to be with Him forever, He wanted us to have eternal life in His presence. He did it because He is love.
As we reflect on the birth of love incarnate this Christmas, let’s remember that we should not just hold on to the love that God has shown us, but we must also show that love to others. The love of God that flows to us must also flow through us as we seek to love our fellow men. As Christina Rossetti wrote in her poem, love should be our token. It should be a sign that tells the world that we know and love God. It should be a sign that points others to Jesus, to love incarnate.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.