During Christmas time, I always enjoy seeing greetings from those who serve our country as they are posted all over the world. They often say something like “Merry Christmas to you and your family …” I wish these TV spots would run throughout the year with different messages reminding us of those who love our country and give of their time and risk their lives to protect him. we. This would honor them and their sacrifice throughout the year.
Of the many reasons men and women decide to join the armed forces, most, if not all, assume that they can give their lives. They go with a purpose!
The same and more is true, for God the Father planned to send his Son, Jesus, to his earth station. In one of the best-known biblical passages we read that “… an angel of the Lord appeared to (Joseph) in a dream, saying: ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary for a bride, for what is conceived in her comes from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1: 20-23 (emphasis mine.))
A particular mission requires a particular plan. God has never been reactionary; He has planned this from before time began (Isaiah 53:10; Acts 2: 22-24).
Jesus, the Son of God, was sent by the Father, by the miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit for a special mission. He did not come to earth just to be a good example; He came to save his people from our sins!
Two main objectives were required for this mission to save His people from our sins to be accomplished: the Man-God would live an absolutely perfect life in thought and in deed; and He would willingly and unjustly allow himself to be murdered on a cross at Calvary. Could there be a greater love? The answer is unequivocally “No! “
Jesus taught his disciples, “There is no greater love than this, that someone should lay down his life for his friends. (John 15: 12-17) He loved us with the most sacrificial love possible all over the world. The perfectly righteous God-Man voluntarily left his heavenly home, came to this earth for the precise mission of dying for you and me! We celebrate with joy because we have been loved perfectly.
Does this change or strengthen your affection for God? If so, you will respond to his sacrificial mission by turning to him in humble and repentant love, setting aside your own desire to live as the king of your own heart / life) in order to fulfill his mission to us. : to live all of life for the One True God by loving Him and each other with a lasting love, made possible by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.