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Summary: If you were to boil Christmas down to one primary message it would be this, "Christmas is about Love".

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Christmas is about Love

Grant van Boeschoten

December 23, 2007

What is Christmas all about? Some people say presents, some say family, some say Jesus.

I believe that if God were to show up in a human form in our service right now, that he would look you in the eye and say, “Christmas is about Love.”

When God says love, he means it in a different way then you and I think about love.

You know, when we think about love we might think about what our families look like back home, we might think about a good deed that we did for somebody else. We might think about a good deed that someone did for us.

And we have a small glimpse of what love is, but if God were to say “Christmas is about Love,” he would be thinking of the God kind of love. The kind of love that is perfect, that would go to the greatest lengths imaginable to restore a relationship, a love that would be wounded a million times and still stay strong.

When God says love, He is thinking about the kind of love that made Christmas happen in the first place.

John 3:16 is a verse that maybe all of us know this morning, but maybe you haven’t thought of it in the context of Christmas before.

It says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but may have eternal life.”

That’s right, God gave his son Jesus because he loves you and he wants you to have eternal life.

Christmas is all about the Love of God.

Sometimes in the middle of the night I am woken up by a little baby boy named Ethan. He’s crying, and sometimes he doesn’t even know why he is crying. He might be hungry, he might have a dirty diaper, he might just be tired and so he cries.

And sometimes I go into his room and I see his little face all upset and my heart just loves him so much, and so I go and pick him up and hug him and I tell him that I love him. But he just keeps on crying until I figure out what’s wrong and fix it.

That first Christmas, Jesus came into a world that was crying out for help. I think that a lot of the people did not know what kind of help they needed. The Bible describes the people as being in “Great Darkness”.

They were just like the little baby crying out, for what he doesn’t even know. But crying until he gets what he needs.

Doesn’t your heart just go out to the little babies when the cry. Don’t you want to hold and comfort and love these little lives? God looked down from heaven, and he saw a people, who were crying, and they were his people but they didn’t even know him. They were living in darkness, and his love was so great that he gave his son so that they could be comforted.

Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)

2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

God loved you so much, that when you were crying out, lost and alone, he sent his son into the world as gift, and he sent his son as the answer to your need, even if you didn’t know it.

Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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