A LOVE LETTER from JESUS!

BY:  JAN A. ANTONSSON

DECEMBER 23, 2014

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 “For unto us a child is born, unto to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6, KJV).

 

Throughout the Bible, the heroes of faith KNEW that God loved them and called them to serve Him.  Until He makes His great love known to us personally, we cannot love Him, for the reason we love Him, is because He first loved us (I John 4:19).   During this  Advent season, we sing songs, send e-mails, and give gifts reflecting our love and joy for the birth of  God’s only son, through whom we are reunited with our Father, and reconciled to Him. ‘Tis the season of love.  Everyone gets into the act about the transforming power of love, sweet love.

 

Had you ever considered that any time or any where there is true love, it comes from God?  He is love and all love flows from Him.  Christians are often confused about this; it would appear from their behavior.  Some are reluctant to say or write, “I love you,” for fear it will be misconstrued.

 

What we most need is a personal, private visitation from God which sheds His love abroad in our hearts so that first, we fall in love with Jesus, and then with each other.  The phrase “falling in love” characterizes the feeling of total surrender when we experience deep feelings of love for another.  “I felt the earth move under my feet” is a lyric from one love song, aptly describing this experience of free falling through space and time.  

 

This perhaps is the marriage contract as it was meant to be.  Falling in love with our spouse was an exercise in surrendering our will to that of our mate and vice versa, not because of some words in a ceremony, but because we “fell” hopelessly in love with that person. Romantic love might be the opening salvo in our encounter with the divine.  Human romantic love, in its purest form, is a mirror of the passionate love which God freely bestows upon us.

 

It also describes the process of encountering Jesus up close and personal.  We fall head over heels in love with Him and surrender our will to His.  He loves us just the way we are, and holds our hand while we are transformed into His image and likeness.  If we are only giving lip service to this mystery, first love often fades, but if it is the real and true divine love, it lasts us a lifetime and beyond.

 

This fall, I have enjoyed the new CBS drama, “Scorpion.”  It’s an unfortunate name for a really good story involving 4 men who are geniuses in Intelligence Quotient, but as often happens with such super smart people, they are clueless about how to interact with other people.  The story line is that they are called in if a quick result is needed when disaster strikes.  A recent episode was about a little boy playing with his baby sitter on the beach.  He wanted to go near the rocks because he saw a little cave there.  The baby sitter warned him off, but he went anyway because he wanted to see inside it.  Suddenly, the earth gave way and the slippage trapped him in a hole which was rapidly being filled up with water.

 

Walter, the genius who is sort of the “glue” that holds the group of four men together, was on the beach with a “normal” friend (not super smart in IQ, perhaps, but really skilled in interpersonal relationships).  They ran over to where the baby sitter was screaming and found out the dire straights the little boy faced.

 

As the story progressed, the other 3 geniuses were called in and they began to factor in their areas of expertise to rescue him.  Long story short, at great personal risk, they were able to get the little boy back to the beach where paramedics were on hand to revive him.  The story line revealed the personal fears these geniuses constantly battle with, and how in this one instance, they grew past their own childhood baggage and neurotic “stuff” and pulled together to save the child.

 

As the viewers watched, while each one of them processed their fear and overcame it, a song played in the background.  When I heard the lyrics, I was transfixed with the awareness that these words also express our desire for Jesus to love us.  Here are the lyrics by Rhett Miller:

 

HERE IT IS CHRISTMASTIME

 

When we were born we were swaddled and snuggled

Whispered to, fussed over, tickled and cuddled

When we grow up, things get muddled

And here it is, Christmas time.

Will you stop by for a piece of delicious peach pie

While I tell you my Yuletide wishes,

You can help me do the dishes

And here it is, Christmas time

And we all want someone, who’ll love us and hold us

To curl up alongside, when nights are the coldest

And we all want someone, who’ll hug us and kiss us

All I want is you for Christmas

Let us examine the holiday spirit

Let the small kids sing so we can all hear it

Light up a fire and pull the chair near it

Cuz here it is, Christmas time

And we all want someone, who’ll love us and hold us,

To curl up alongside, when nights are the coldest

And we all want someone, who’ll hug us and kiss us

All I want is you for Christmas

When we are born we are swaddled and snuggled

Whispered to, fussed over, tickled, and cuddled

When we grow up, things get muddled

And here it is Christmas time

We all want someone who’ll love us and hold us

To curl up alongside, when nights are the coldest

And we all want someone, who’ll hug us and kiss us

All I want is you (Jesus) for Christmas

All I want is you for Christmas.

 

Jesus is truly the best gift we can get for Christmas and every other day as well!  This morning as I was contemplating the mystery of divine love between us and Him, as well as between us and others, these words came to me.  It would be a love song if there were music to go with it, but as it is, we’ll consider it:

 

A love letter from Jesus:

 

Before the earth was made, before its foundations laid, I knew you.

Before there was a man, according to the plan, I loved you.

You filled my heart with pride.  I chose you for my bride.  I cherished you.

Through all the long, hard days, in Oh, so many ways, I led you.

Because you fill my heart with joy, I share with you my glory.  I fulfill you.

The best is yet to come, from Father, Spirit, Son, we treasure you.

 

Heavenly Father, we rejoice to hear the angels singing, royal anthems to You bringing as we give You thanks for all the joy flowing from that baby boy born so long ago.  May we be transformed by His love, and emboldened to share it with all You put in our path, for love is meant to be given away.  We join our voices with the heavenly hosts singing, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”  Amen.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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