Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him. – John 3:17
While it may not be happening percentage-wise here, in our land, in other places, in this global village, the spirit, joy and love of Christmas have been manifested more in the power of family life. This year seems to be like no other Christmas in our lifetime. It seems, in defiance of COVID-19, the reason for the season will not be diminished but intensified. Wow!
As I reflect on our text for today, I am drawn to the beginning of the creation of a beautiful world and the first couple being given the divine power of attorney to go from place to place and be completely in charge. Then, I stand in the midst of that beautiful world and look at the then and now. Wow!
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life, for God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. It does not matter how we as human beings have strayed away from the purpose of us being here on planet Earth, the birth of Christ is not a rod to whip but a staff of restoration, forgiveness and redemption.
Oh, the wrongs we have done – the hurt to the innocent, the false reports written to the downfall of others, the division of family life, the low and high measures of dishonesty, the disappointment to and of parents, the advantage taken of the masses for political power, the greed and not the need, and the spiritual wolves in sheep clothing brainwashing and scattering the flock. Oh, the wrongs!
But thanks be to the only wise God – our savior, who sent His son, Jesus Christ, into this troubled world, not for the criticism and condemnation of the law but spiritual and eternal inclusion to all those who believe on his name.