For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)
Love letters. I’m sure that most of us would say that we love receiving them. Some even save them throughout the years, pulling them out occasionally to read them. They come from our spouses, from our children, or from others who have occupied a special place in our hearts at some point in our lives. And we treasure them because they are tangible expressions of the love that person had or has for us.
Today, we celebrate Christmas, remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born into this world so that we may have eternal life. Christmas is God’s love letter to us. It is God’s way of saying to all of us, “I love you!” It is the tangible expression of the love that comes to us from our heavenly Father, the God who is love Himself (1 John 4:8, 16). Through the birth of a little baby in a stable in Bethlehem, God’s Son who would one day pay the penalty for our sins, God was showing us how much He loves us (1 John 4:9). He was saying, “I love you so much that I am sending my only Son into the world so that, if you believe in Him, you will have eternal life (John 3:16).
As we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world today, my prayer is that each of us will pause to reflect on God’s love letter, Jesus Christ, the greatest love letter ever written. And let our lives and our hearts be our love letters to Him!
A blessed and merry Christmas to all!