RHAPSODY OF REALITIES WEDNESDAY, 25TH DECEMBER.
JESUS: THE REVELATION OF GOD’S LOVE BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… (John 1:14).
Just as Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the Garden, in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8), the Old Testament prophets weren’t left out. Some heard a voice in their spirits, while others heard a voice from above; they, however, didn’t see a form or a shape to that voice.
But when the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, it was that same voice that Adam and the prophets heard, that was born in flesh! Jesus was always the Word of God in the bosom of the Father. But now, “…the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” The actual Greek translation of the word, “made” is “ginomai”; it means to bring to existence, or to become. Jesus wasn’t conceived like everybody else; He was conceived of the Holy Ghost and became flesh. A miracle of miracles!
The most amazing part of this intrusion into the sense realm wasn’t only that He put on flesh, and dwelt among men, but that He was the Father’s unflinching, unfailing and unconditional love manifested. His words, actions and miracles were all love-inspired. Jesus is God’s love in flesh. Love is the totality of His personality. Jesus couldn’t choose whether to love you or not to love you. He could only love you. He said in John 15:9 (AMPC), “I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me….”
This Christmas, ponder on Jesus as the revelation of God’s love for you! Think how much He loves you, to have given Himself as a ransom for your sins. He said in John 15:13 (NKJV), “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” He did exactly that for you and me.
Make His love your heartfelt contemplation; stay and be at rest in His unrivalled and unconditional love for you. If you ever comprehend this truth, it’ll suddenly awaken in you, your value, and you’d never be discouraged, despondent, fearful, afraid, intimidated, or ashamed, irrespective of the challenges. Your consciousness of His love for you will make you a success and a victor forever. Merry Christmas!
Dear Father, thank you for demonstrating your love for me in such a special way. I’ll forever be thankful and conscious of your love, and express the same to my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:1 AMPC; John 3:16 AMPC
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Revelation 17 ; Zechariah 1-3
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 3:12-26 ; Ezra 3-4