Imagine how you would feel if right after Christmas, your parents asked you to give your favorite new present to someone else? The present that you wanted more than any present. The exact present you had hoped for. The present you could not stop thinking about. And then, you had to give it away. That doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?
But think about what God did at Christmas. At Christmas, God sent His only son whom He loved and treasured and valued from heaven into this world. And He not only sent Him to earth, He sent Him to die. That is an amazing gift. God did that for one reason: He loves you. He wants you to know Him and have eternal life with Him, but the only way for that to happen was for Jesus to die for you so that your sins can be forgiven.
When we think about the fact that God sent His only Son Jesus into this world to die for us, it should remind us of ONE very important truth: God loves us very much. There is no greater love than giving up something you value for someone else. And God gave His son for us. THAT is love.
As you read these verses, think about what it teaches us about God, about Jesus, and about the way God shows His love.
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Think about these truths:
Jesus came to deliver us.
Jesus came to bless us.
Jesus came to save us.
Why is it easy to share some things and hard to share other things? Why is it easier to share with some people than it is to share with others?
People use the word “love” a lot. They say, “I love chocolate. I love soccer. I love you.” Do they always mean the same thing? How is loving a person different from loving chocolate or soccer?
How do we know that God loves us?