“This is my command: Love each other.” – John 15:17
Jesus did not merely suggest that we love one another, He commanded it. For without love, nothing else matters.
“There is no greater love than He who lays down His life for His friends.” – John 15:13 Jesus came into the world, humble and vulnerable as a baby. He grew and faced the same trials we face and more. He was mocked, persecuted, abandoned and ultimately hung on a cross to die – yet He alone was without sin. He did not fight the need to die in our place, rather He willingly walked the long and arduous ascent so that He could carry the cost of our crime, and bore the punishment for all of humanity’s sin.
Jesus laid down His life for His created. Though all of creation could have been made His minions, He instead gave us the freedom to choose, and He completely considers us friends. As we come to Him, we are welcomed with open arms into His forever family with a heavenly home that is being prepared for our eternal presence with Him.
I am overwhelmed with love and adoration as I look not only to the manger, but also to the cross on this holy eve.
My prayer is that I might live a life worthy of the precious price presented by the Prince of Peace.
I desperately desire to make my Heavenly Dad proud of His daughter. Thankfully, there is nothing I can do to make Him love me more or less, for He already loves me with His whole life for all of eternity. He is so very good!
May His peace be present as you ponder and embrace the greatest gift we have ever been given. Merry Christmas, for God is with us!
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present