The Scandal of Love

 

 

Luke 2:7-11 says, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. The Shepherds and the Angels. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Right off the bat, the story is scandalous. Here’s this baby that’s the supposed Savior, being laid in a manger. I would also like to add that his mother was a virgin. The King was not born in a hospital, he was born in a little town in the middle of nowhere. To sum this up, there’s a baby of a virgin, who’s also the Savior of the world, in a manger.

The funny thing is, Jesus was born so that he could die for us. It wasn’t the law that save us. It wasn’t miracles that saved, it was love. It was unconditional love. God the Father said, “I love these people so much that I’m going to send my Son to save these people. They don’t deserve it but I love them.” God gave us His Son. He didn’t send him to overthrow the tyrants and the government. He sent him to die and save humanity. But he didn’t only die, he rose from  the dead.

You know, if you think about it, Jesus’ whole life was a scandal. Right? His mother was a virgin but she was pregnant. He was the Son of God, but they called him a blasphemer. He did signs and wonders but the pharisees did not approve. They actually called him a devil. And he died a sinner’s death, but yet lived a perfect life. But his life was full of love. Jesus lived his life out of love for humanity.

God became flesh, he left his heavenly thrown, to save you, me, and everyone. The only reason he did that was love. He did not need to do it. He could have brushed off his shoulders and said they don’t deserve this. But he did it anyway. You and I do not deserve his love. We should not be saved, but because of his unconditional love, we are.

And the best part is, this scandalous, unconditional love, does not run out. There is still enough for everyone. There’s still room at the cross. So come, come to the cross, give him your life, receive him.  Let your heart overfill with his love. And remember, no matter what you did, and what you will do, he still loves you.

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