God: His Character, His Love

It is ironic that the love every person spends their entire life looking for, is the love that a great majority of people reject and never consider. Jesus is the very embodiment of God’s love in visible form. When God wanted to show the world how much He loves, He sent His Son to die for our sins. There is no greater love that anyone can give than to lay down their life for those they love. Jesus came and allowed evil men to malign, accuse, condemn and kill Him, so that He could take away their sins. This is the very heart of God’s character revealed in the Bible; His infinite love.

The example that we see of God’s love in action is best illustrated by the incredible story of Jesus Life, death, and resurrection. Although Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all that exists, He is seen at His entrance into the world as a humble, unassuming Savior.

For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.   ~Colossians 1:16-17 (RCR)

How is it that the Son of God, was compelled to come to earth as a baby and begin life as a helpless baby? He must learn to walk, talk, feed Himself and depend upon others for His very existence.

It certainly appears that from the moment of conception that Jesus was God. He did not become God, He was, is, and alway has been God. Herein resides a great paradox in our understanding. How could God humble Himself and dwell in the body of a tiny baby boy? What this required is completely contrary to the reality of God.

As an infant, Jesus was helpless. His mother must feed Him, change His diaper, bath Him and cradle Him in her arms. While Mary lovingly cared for her infant Son, she was looking into the eyes of the mighty God who made all that exists.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.
—Mark Lowry

Consider this child—who for all eternity, walked the halls of heaven, now must learn to walk.

The Glorious One who spoke the universe into existence and who will end the universe by His words, must learn to speak.

His first steps were off balance, staggering and teetering from one side to the other. Like all toddlers, wherever He pointed His head, His body would follow. Take a few steps only to fall down, His mother hurries to His side. She lifts Him up and looks into the eyes of the living God, and wipes the dust from His small body.

Jesus was willing to start from nothing so that He could learn everything about us and be our Savior. Before this moment, He already knew everything and there was nothing that He must learn. Such humility, He laid aside all glory, privilege, and power so that we could have a chance to live forever. Jesus allowed evil men to torture Him, brutalize Him, hang Him on a cross, and pierce His beautiful body; all to pay our debt.

If we want to understand the love of God, all we must do is look at the life of Jesus that He gave to the world before anything else existed.

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His Character