In the quest to find meaning and purpose for its existence, mankind has endeavored for millennia to define love. In the process, love as a concept has been jaded by the mind and heart of man, which has been, in a manner of speaking, inherently corrupt since the fall.
However, being created by the Almighty, as we are and made in His image in a sense, we have an equally inherent desire to know love, to feel loved, and to love in kind.
Cultural memes, particularly within the pop music industry, have taken countless stabs at describing love. Love in song is: like oxygen; it bites; it hurts; it stinks; it’s thicker than water; is a many splendored thing; it can be on the rocks; and ultimately someone wants to know what it is.
Hollywood of course weighs in on it as well, consistently attaching “love” to sexual immorality, i.e. married people committing adultery are said to be having a “love affair,” etc. And this is probably one of the more mild examples of how they perceive and portray their skewed version of “love.”
From a Biblical point of view, God is love. That is, all the attributes of God can be summed up in the reality that He is the very embodiment of love. One finds the following exhortation in the New Testament scripture of 1 John 4:7-9:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
Simply put, God is love, Jesus is God, and God’s love is made manifest toward humanity in Christ the Lord. Christmas, although not necessarily observed at the correct time of the year – Jesus was most likely born in the spring, not in December – is intended to be a celebration of the birth of Love. Love is a person. His name is Jesus.
Of course Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are, always have been, and always shall be, eternally co-existent, the three personalities of the One true God and Master of the universe. But when Jesus was born in Bethlehem – winter or spring, it’s not really worth arguing over – Love became flesh and walked amongst men and ministered to and healed the sick in body and spirit, and most importantly, saved mankind from its sin.
Love eventually took upon himself all of mankind’s wrongdoings and redeemed all those who would come by his atoning blood, back to the Father. We thank God for the cross and the salvation that comes with it. But at this joyful time of year we thank Him for sending Love to be the mediator and the arbiter bridging the gap between God and man.
Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers! May God bless you and yours now and always