“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” ~John 15:13
In late November of this year, I, and millions of other Americans, participated in the annual tradition known as “Black Friday.” While this event has grown to encompass more than just a single day, the idea is that, for a limited amount of time, some of the biggest brands out there will have tremendous deals available in stores and online. For example, you could get a $1,200 TV for close to half off! People willingly wait in long lines or stay on websites for hours hoping to get what they want. Simply put, people love a good deal!
The danger of this consumerist mindset is that it can take the focus off of the reason for this season. Christmas is not about finding TVs and other gadgets on sale. Christmas is about the fact that love has come! Love has come in the Person of Christ Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Love has come and—by way of the Cross—love has won. Jesus accepted the harshest deal in history: His life for our sins. He provided the payment we needed to be able to reconcile with a Holy God. Simply put, Jesus demonstrated His love for us with His ultimate sacrifice.
This Christmas season, let us not place so much emphasis on material goods; rather, let us focus on the One who laid down His life for us so that we may have life in Him. There is no greater love than the love that Jesus has for us.
Note: Our thanks go to Pastor David Moore for this reflection for our Advent blog series.