“The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light.” John 1:9 (MSG)
The real Life-Light came to our neighborhood, and the Creator met His creation face to face. His message was quite simple. It was not a message of condemnation, but a message of genuine love, a message that brought life-light in our neighborhood: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. John 3:16-17 (MSG)
Truly we deserved to be condemned, as none of us was ever guiltless. We lost our way, we became distant from our Heavenly Father. Nonetheless, Jesus sees us differently.
Jesus came to tell us that He loves us. Those who accepted His message enjoyed the Life-Light and became more and more like Him, loving the unlovable, caring for the needy, being followers of love. They became light bearers of the Most High: “Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (MSG)
This reminds me of last summer. We had landed in Reykjavik on our way to Belgium. We were required to go through border patrol before taking our connector flight to Brussels. It was interesting to see how solemn everyone was. They’re was hardly any noise at all. We didn’t know what to expect, but when we arrived at the booth, the border guard didn’t look at us suspiciously at all. Instead, at the sight of my passport, he smiled broadly. He said: “We have a lot in common my friend. I too came from Belgium and married someone outside of Belgium. I live now in Iceland and you live in Canada. Welcome to Iceland!” Wow! I never was welcomed like that before.
And that, friends, is how God welcomes us: With open arms. After all, He is love and His words to us are: “Welcome my friend. We have a lot in common. I have loved you since you were conceived.”
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