All You Need is Christmas Love
In 1967, the Beatles had a hit with their song, “All You Need is Love.” That song became a theme for the 60s and 70s. Love is all the world needed to solve its problems, or so the song claimed.
About that time another refrain became popular: “God is love.” It’s one of the few Bible verses quoted with regularity by those who aren’t even sure God exists . . . but if He exists at all, He must be love. From there it’s a small step to claiming that since God is love, nobody will go to hell because a loving God would never let that happen.
Even the Bible seems to support these statements. We read in I John 4, “God is love” (v. 8, 16), and “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (v. 18).
So is it true our loving God will not punish us for our sin? Not quite . . .
Not politically correct
We sometimes forget that God is not just love. He is holy, too. His attributes can never be separated. Love and holiness. Someone once said the love of God cannot accept what the holiness of God cannot tolerate. All the love in the universe will never make up for the stench of our sin that rises to a holy God.
There is a coming judgment. It’s not politically correct to say so, but John wrote in that same passage, “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus” (v. 17). Love doesn’t spare us from judgment, it’s what love did that spares us from judgment.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17
Love gave. Love gave. At Christmas, we celebrate the gift of Christmas Love.
Love reached down in the person of Jesus Christ, stepped into the darkness of a creation marred and scarred by sin, and paid the ultimate price for you and me.
God is love . . . and He made a way so that we don’t have to face the judgment awaiting all sin. Because God became a baby in a manger who grew up to be the God-man on a cross, we need never fear again. The perfect love of God—the perfect love that is God—has cast out fear forever.
Christmas Love is why I can say with a full heart to everyone who reads this:
Are you celebrating this Christmas with the assurance that you have responded to God’s Christmas love?