Jesus’ love astonishes me. It just . . . astonishes . . . me. Here we are, on this Christmas day, our hearts feeling so many different emotions: We might be full of love and joy and gladness . . . or full of sorrow . . . or loneliness . . . or regret. And our Jesus, in the midst of all of this, says He is here. He is here for us, on this day, this day when we’re to celebrate His birthday.
He’s filled with abundant love, abundant joy, abundant hope, abundant goodness and peace and Life! And He’s extravagant in his love for us, right here, right now. He’s talking about celebrating us! He’s celebrating life with us. No matter our mood. No matter our heart. No matter our situation. As Graham Cooke so beautifully puts its, “He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you. Because that is who He is. And He doesn’t know how to be any different.”
Jesus is love. God is love. Holy Spirit is love. They love and they love and they love. And this love can be trusted. This love must be celebrated. This love must be taken in and lived out. This love is the rejuvenation of all our hope, the source of all our peace, the foundation for all our joy, the beginning of all goodness. It is what we need . . . it is all we need . . . forever . . . and right now.
Isn’t it amazing how, on this special day, Jesus speaks to us about . . . us? He asks us what we love about this day. He asks us how we most love to celebrate his birthday. And He asks us what is most difficult for us about this day, too.