Today, as I read this again, my mind was drawn to John 3:16, where God declares His great love for the entire worldwide population and the proof came by Him sending His own Son, Jesus Christ.
Coupling these passages together, I’m reflecting on how wonderful this Son is that has been given to us. You see, it’s not just ANY Son – it’s God own Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach. This carries special significance, especially for all Bible students.
We remember how God called Abraham in Genesis 22 to offer His own Son as a test of Abraham’s faith. The one true God of the Bible despises child sacrifice and murder, so in no way was God commanding Abraham to actually commit such. However, it is through this beautiful picture found in Genesis 22 that we see the heart and heartache of the father who is willing to sacrifice his own son. In the Gospels, we see Jesus’ perspective of the cross as we read the various accounts.
But the father’s perspective of this sacrifice is typified and foreshadowed for us in the story of Abraham offering Isaac in Genesis 22. Here we see a poignant example of a father who loved his son very dearly, treasuring him as his prized possession. And yet, out of a deeper and greater love, he was willing to offer the dearest thing to him – his own son.
This story in Genesis gives us a perfect picture of John 3:16 – for truly, God the Father GAVE His only Son out of a love so great for sinful man. This Son is the only way to salvation and to this wonderful relationship with God that we Christians enjoy on a daily basis. This Son being given, and His own willingness to lay down His life, is the treasure we celebrate at Christmas.
Every Christmas, I’m reminded that Jesus was truly born in the shadow of a cross. God the Father knew it. Jesus knew it. The Holy Spirit knew it. And yet, the joyful news to the whole world is this:
“unto US (all peoples in all nations across the entire world)
A SON (God’s own Son, his most prized possession)
is GIVEN (to die for us, so that we can be saved and restored to favor with God).
May you reflect on the true GOOD NEWS of Christmas – God’s own Son is given FOR YOU! If you don’t know Him as your personal Savior today, please accept Him as Savior and Lord. Say a simple prayer, some call it the “Sinner’s prayer”, and let Jesus come into your heart, fill you with His love and joy, and envelope you in His peace.
REJOICE – A Son has been given to us – the Son of God Himself! Merry Christmas!