The Greatest Love of All

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Hebrews 2:10-18

The beautiful story of Jesus’ birth touches us deeply. For some it is because it speaks about innocence. The Christ child represents life that is pure, unsoiled by the corruption of the world. For others the story of Christ’s birth finds a response because it captures the conflict between good and evil. In Herod’s foiled attempt to destroy the newborn child, we identify with the vindica tion of the helpless over the powerful. In the virginity of Mary and the protectiveness of Joseph, we see the reflection of our own desire for purity, goodness, and virtue.

For these and similar reasons even the non-Christian world is touched by the story of Jesus’ birth. But this is not what makes Christ’s birth so important.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the “author of our salvation,” and He is “the one who makes us holy.” Jesus took our flesh and blood so that “by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil.” Although the story of Christ’s birth has much about it that elicits warm fuzzy feelings, it is deadly serious. If it were not, the devil would not have tried all he could to destroy this child.

Give thanks today that God gave us a Savior who took our flesh and blood upon Himself, and who fulfilled the work of God for our salva tion. This child came to die for us. Why? Because God loves us.

PRAYER

Jesus, we will declare Your name to the world, and in the presence of the congregation we will sing Your praises. Amen.