Summary: Jesus’ birth was the most significant day in history. What made it so significant?
WHAT DID IT MEAN WHEN JESUS CAME?
Jesus’ birth was the most significant day in history. What made it so significant?
1) It was the day love was born. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The greatest display of God’s love came when he sent his son Jesus. God loved his creation so much that he was willing to let go of Jesus and allow him to come and live among us. Jesus was willing to leave the glory of heaven behind and become Emmanuel-God with us. 1st John 4:8 says that God is love. Since God is love, and since Jesus is God with us then when Jesus left his place in heaven and was born of the virgin Mary-it was the day love was born. Does that mean the world never experienced love until Jesus was born? No. God is love so love has always existed. However, now, through the birth of Jesus, the barriers would be removed as God “made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Col. 1:15 says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Now there wouldn’t be this obscure understanding of God for now he would come down and cohabitate with his creation so that there would be intimacy and understanding; so that there would be a relationship with a tangible God in the person of Jesus. God so loved the world that he wanted there to be a closeness the world had not experienced since before the fall of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve walked with God. They had a personal relationship with him. All that was lost once sin entered in. Now, with Jesus here, people would once again be face to face with God and have a close, personal relationship with him. It wouldn’t be perfect, like Adam and Eve’s, but it would be intimate nonetheless. They wouldn’t have to experience God from afar but up close and personal. Through Jesus the world would see every day, practical applications of love. It’s not that God hadn’t shown his love since the fall of Adam and Eve; he showed it all the time. But for 400 years before the birth of Jesus God had been silent. From the last book of the OT (Malachai) to the first book of the NT (Matthew) is a period of 400 years. He had sent no prophets with messages for the people. Then God started sending messages of love again. He used his angel Gabriel to tell Mary she would have a Son. He told Joseph the same. He revealed the birth announcement to the Magi and he sent a whole host of angels to some shepherds in a field. It was the greatest day in history, the day love was born. "The Day That Love Was Born" by Dara Maclean, “How could you dream; Not just a story; But a masterpiece; A baby boy; Delivered to rescue you; You've got me a future; By making history; The day that love was born; It changed everything; And Jesus the Son; The Almighty One; Sent here to redeem; You came to save; Not just to give Your life away; You made a way; Everything changed; On that glorious day; The day that love was born; Oh, oh what a gift; The depth of Your heartache; Limitless; My soul must sing; Oh how I adore You; I was only existing; But now I am living; Because of what You gave; The day that love was born.” Unless we look at God we won’t know what true love looks like. And when we look at the life of Christ we have been shown what true love looks like. God’s love is completely different from the world’s love. The world has watered-down love. I say I love you but if you mess with me I’ll hate you in an instant. God doesn’t fall out of love like we humans do. God’s love isn’t based on feelings like ours can be. God’s love is something unique; even beyond our ability to completely understand. Eph. 3:16-19. Paul wanted everyone to try to grasp the vastness of Christ’s love. He wanted people to know this love that surpassed all knowledge and understanding. He wanted us to be full of that love. When Jesus came love took up residence on the earth. On that first Christmas love was born.