For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
We could call that familiar verse God’s mission statement, the rationale behind the Christmas story in Luke. “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) It is all about love.
As it has always been. Here is a poem translated from Hebrew, written by Jewish poet Yehuda HaLevi in the 11th century.
“Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.
Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love what death has touched.”
(I do not know the poet’s message, but I like the poem).
If one looks at the word fear and considers the implications beyond worry and fright – that ‘spirit of fear’ talked about in 2 Timothy 1:7, one can see that it encompasses too, reverence and awe for our Creator. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
Baby Jesus lived among us, and died as we all do. God’s gift was complete when Jesus was resurrected. “Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though were he dead, yet shall he live.’ ” (John 11:25)
It was an unusual Christmas song – new to me – shared by a Facebook friend that has me thinking a bit more about that marvelous story in Luke 2. Take a listen. It is by The Ball Brothers. The song’s title is “It’s About the Cross.”
“It’s not just about the manger, where the baby lay…”
Merry Christmas with love to my family and friends and readers!