Love one another as I have loved you. Today we will continue our four part series on How to Love Others as Christ Loved Us. Join me today as we talk about how Christ’s birth announcement showed love.
God the father in heaven showed us love when he’s sent Jesus to us as a baby in the manger. He could have sent him as a king on a white horse riding in with the army of glistening soldiers decked out in helmets with feathers paraded on white stallions. But he didn’t!! He showed love to all mankind by sending him to us as a baby. Not only did he come has a baby, but Jesus chose to come in the most humble fashion. He came in the lowliest state. My goodness, he didn’t even have a place to stay. He didn’t even have a roof over his head. Instead he was born in a manger where cattle and sheep and animals eat hay. Then love was shown that night when the angels announced to the shepherds in the field that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem and a star was placed high in the heavens to lead the three wise men to where Jesus lay.
Jesus showed us love by announcing his birth to both shepherds and wise men. Christ showed no partiality. He chose very ordinary parents to be born to—Joseph was a simple carpenter and Mary was a young girl who assisted her mother around their home. And the angels announced his birth to the shepherds while they were watching their flocks. Now let me point out to you that the shepherds where part of the lowest cast of people in that time era. They generally had no homes, but instead slept with their flocks and night. They were very poor. Now on the other hand a star was placed high in the sky so as to direct the wise men who were very wealthy to the Messiah. These men were powerful, extremely wise, and very rich. So how can we show love to those around us like Jesus showed love to us by allowing his birth to be announced to both the poor and the rich? Well, we can show love to those around us by showing no partiality. We should show no difference between showing love to someone well accomplished business professional and that of the Burger King order taker. Nor show we show any difference between the rich doctor that sits in the pew next to you at church and the almost homeless family that sits on the other side of you. Nor should we withhold love from those whose lifestyles we don’t agree with whether someone who is gay or someone who is on drugs or an alcoholic. We should show genuine love to all those around us no matter how hard it can be at times. By showing love unconditionally, we will be loving as Christ loved us.
Love came down that blessed night Christ was born. This week love one another as Christ loved you!