Christmas at Venture
We consider a lot of things at Christmas. What kind of decorations we should put up, what gifts we should buy, who’s house we’re going to spend the holiday at. But today, as you settle in with your family to celebrate, we want you to consider something different this Christmas - consider God’s love.
At Christmas, we see a beautiful example of God’s love for us when He sent His one and only son to be born as a baby, so that Jesus could one day die for our sins and reconcile us with God. But throughout the Bible, we see countless examples of how God shows His love for us.
To the lonely and wanderers, God shows His love by being a father and friend, because we lost our way and needed direction and protection.
"'And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” John 15:15
To the rebellious and imprisoned, God shows His love by being a kind king and judge, because we were justly accused and sentenced, but our merciful Judge unshackled us and took away our chains to let us go free.
“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm.” Psalm 47:6-7
“For the Lord is our judge, our lawgiver, and our king. He will care for us and save us.” Isaiah 33:22
To the addicted and broken, God shows His love by being a counselor and physician, because our behavior caught up with us, but He healed us and rescued us from the grave.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5
To the anxious and fearful, God shows His love by being an all-powerful creator and savior, because our Creator stilled the storm and guided our boat to safe harbor.
“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:6
“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11
Take a few minutes to meditate on the verse that speaks the most to you right now. Thank God for all the different ways He shows His love for us.