As Natalie once memorably said in that famous 2003 film “If you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you, eh?” Well, she might have been referring to her love for the Prime Minister but surely there is a much greater truth that needs to be shared all year round, but is especially appropriate to dwell on at this particular time of year.
You see, love did not magically appear out of some primordial soup. Love is not some evolutionary trick to aid our survival. Love is summed-up in the Good News: our heavenly Father, who created each one of us and placed us on this planet, did not want to see us destroys ourselves in orgies of violence, debauchery and reckless over-consumption. No, He saw the mess that we made of the freedom He gifted us and knew the only solution was to send His precious Son.
Jesus Christ left the glorious riches of heaven, where He was worshipped and adored by countless angels. He willingly chose to enter the darkness of a virgin’s womb, the divine becoming human and being born into the grotty squalor of stable. You could not make this up. Our sin problem was so serious but God’s rescue plan was even more audacious – the only way our world could be saved. Yet the price He paid was everything, a lifetime of sacrifice, humility and toil culminating in the cross.
That is the real love at the heart of Christmas, which we must never lose sight of and must always be ready to share.