What would it take to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe, and how can one begin to understand the vastness of His love?
I didn’t always know the depth of God’s love, or understand that he has created all of us to live in deep relationship with him. I didn’t yet realize I could rely on him in all circumstances as my loving Father, knowing he would be with me every step of the way. Instead, I knew and appreciated his creations on a surface level, rather than understanding the profundity of his love for all of creation, including me.
I remember how far I was from grasping the importance of the “truth” back then, I just couldn’t see it. I knew that I had no righteousness of my own to approach God’s throne, but didn’t yet understand that he had, in his infinite love, already prepared a way to communicate with me.
Mercifully, the truth was revealed to me through a long journey of faith. I started living in the light and found a way to draw closer to God’s presence. I began seeing glimpses of his power and his love for me by reading his Word. The stories of Christmas and Easter came alive and took on new meaning for me. A Savior was sent to fill the gap between God and us [his children]—an advocate to plead for our case.
God, our Heavenly Father sent His Word in flesh—Christ Jesus, so through him we can personally get to know him. The verse, [John 3:16], “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.” is a pivotal verse in the Bible. It unlocks the hidden depth of God’s love for humanity, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Knowing that God loves us no matter what we have done, encourages us to put our trust in him. In the the next passage, Jesus tells Thomas, one of his disciples, exactly what it takes to approach God’s throne. [John 14: 5-7] Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
The Lord’s words confirm the path of salvation, which leads to the forgiveness of our sins, a peaceful life on earth, and the assurance of eternal life.
I don’t know what road you’re on, but I can tell you this: the path that I’m on highlights all my needs, and makes it clear that no one can fulfill them but God. My weaknesses are evidence of my need for a Savior. The choice is ours, to spend eternity with God or apart from him. I chose Jesus as my Savior and he is the reason I celebrate Christmas—it’s His birthday. The world must know this: Christmas without Christ is a fake celebration, an illusion.