This time of year I am reminded of a question asked not long ago about Matthew 18:12 which says
What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won't he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray?
and here is the question
...the shepherd leaving the flock to chase down ONE stray just got to me. I can't figure why Jesus would not just say ( that one will catch up, and just move on?) I guess the WHY does He love me so much? Who am I that He would care?
Great questions that are answered throughout the Bible, for the scarlet thread of God's love for his people begins in Genesis 1:1, ending in Revelation 22:21
But more specifically, 1 John 4:7-21 tells us "in this the love of God was made manifest among us." What is the "this"?
God sent his only Son...so we might live, live eternally!
There was nothing in us, there is nothing in us that God would love us. But God had a plan to rescue us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Son he loves. Colossians 1:13
While we were his enemies...God sent His Son.(Romans 5:10)
This time of year I know I need to slow down and think about what God really did for me, for us. His plan still is to look for the lost one, the one who needs to come back to the flock, the one who needs to know the infinite, extravangant, beyond belief, love of a heavenly Father. The love of God is our model to follow. Loving and embracing those who may be having their first Christmas without a loved one. Reaching out to those who have experienced devestation this year as the result of hurricanes, floods, mass shootings or ______________, fill in the blank. For so many around us Christmas will look very different.
Can I express the same kind of extravagant love to anyone who comes across my path? Can I take the time to show love to someone that may not be easy to love? Can I tell the best news of Christmas?
God Loves. God Gave. God rescued.
Yes, he loves to look for the lost one..because he loves.