“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Phil. 2:5-7)
In Fiddler on the Roof, there comes that great scene where Tevye asks his wife of many years, “Golde, do you love me?” The question sparks quite a dialogue. Golde, starts to recount all the many things that she has done for Tevye over the years they were married, and then sums it up with the question, “if that’s not love, what is?”.
In answering that question, we actually come face to face with Christmas. Because Christmas shows us the true character of God’s love: not just a warm feeling, but an incredible action. How often do we look at the circumstances of the day, and in all earnestness ask God, “do you love me?” Because often life hurts, and things come our way that are painful. And we know there is a God in heaven who is sovereign over the earth….. so why, if He loves me, does He allow these kinds of things to happen to me?
The answers to the specific trauma of the moment may not be easy to discover, but there is one thing that God wants all of us to be sure of…. that Christmas should once and for all settle the question of whether or not He loves us. Think about that passage above in Philippians. Jesus left a throne of glory to become a human, and He did it in the most humbling of ways. He journeyed from a throne to a manger to a cross. And He did this all for you. The goal of it all was to bring you into a family that is eternal. It was an incredible sacrifice, but He willingly did it for you.
So let’s join Golda and say about our Savior, “if that’s not love, what is?”
SCRIPTURES ABOUT LOVE
Psalm 136; John 15:9-17; 1 John 4:9-11; Ephesians 2:4-5
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