Or: What I Want for Christmas
As I have grown closer to God this year, I have made a point of focusing on Jesus more than ever during this holiday season. One way I’ve done that is through devotional series that delve into various aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry. One such series that I recently completed was an in-depth look at Jesus’ prayer in John 17. It is often referred to as His High Priestly Prayer, and it is one He prayed for his disciples and everyone else who would believe on Him in the future. That includes us who believe on Him now.
During that study, I learned something that I had not grasped before, although I have read John 17 many times. Verse 23 says, “I in them and You in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.” In other words, God the Father loves us (mere mortals, prone to sin) AS MUCH AS He loves Jesus Christ. Wow! Let that sink in for a minute. It took me a while to absorb that truth. God loves us in the same way and with the same intensity that He loves Jesus. It sounds too good to be true!
None of us are deserving of that depth of love. I know I’m certainly not worthy. In recent years, I’ve really struggled with the concept of God’s Fatherly love toward me, so the truth of John 17:23, the realization of the depth of His love toward even me, is the greatest Christmas gift I’ve ever received.
My wish for Christmas is that everyone who reads this blog post will be overwhelmed with the intensity of God’s love for you and share that love with everyone you meet.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!