God's Love and Our Pain
Why is Christmas so hard when you have lost a loved one or gone through some other huge relational pain? Because you love.
If you are not a Christian you might not realize it but you love because you have been made in the image of God. And you grieve without hope. And I so desperately want you to know the hope that is in Christ.
If you are a Christian, you love because Christ first loved you. Your heart is torn apart and still you rejoice in hope of the glory of God. You grieve, yet with hope. And I so desperately want you to experience the reality of what you know.
Why does Jesus comfort us? Why did he promise that he would be with us always? Because he loves us. Oh how he loves us. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that he has given us. All because Christ first loved us.
His love led him to a cross. The cross. Where sin and love collided. Where blood was shed and freedom bought. And an empty tomb was foreshadowed. And where Christ's witnesses would remember. And never forget. And be used for his glorious purposes.
The plan was set in motion before time began. Christ's birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, exaltation, and return were as sure then as they are now. Grasp it. Cling to it. Grasp the full measure of the love of God for you. And hand him your pain. He is comforting you. Because he loves you and he is Lord over all.
God is perfect and holy. All mankind is sinful. Jesus Christ is the only answer. The only way of salvation. He shed his blood on the cross to purchase freedom for lost sinners. Believe in him and you will be saved. You will be forgiven. You will have new life. God will lead, guide, protect, and provide for you. You will be safe in him forever.
Soli Deo Gloria.