Today, our adult choir presented the musical "The Love of God at Christmas". Knowing ahead of time what the musical was about, it prompted me to go to 1 John 4:7-11, that excellent passage where we find the words "God is love" along with the exhortation emphatically stated a couple of times, "let us love one another".
In our study of that passage, we must be careful not to overlook the connection of God's love with the cross of Jesus Christ: "in this is love, no that we we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins"
In the death of Jesus in our place and for our sins the love of God was clearly seen as Jesus took upon himself the righteous wrath of God that we deserved.
In making this connection, we observe four things:
1) The definition of God's love is declared by the cross of Christ
2) The depth of God's love is measured by the cross of Christ
3) The demonstration of God's love visible by the cross of Christ
4) The direction of God's love is indicated by the cross of Christ
One of the fears I often have at this time of year is the sentimentality that we seem to have attached to the season to the degree that it overshadows the purpose and meaning of Jesus' coming.
We can clearly see...the love of God at Christmas in the cross of Christ.