God Is Love! And when Love gets ready to move – everything is an ally! Everything in the universe seems to move together at the exact moment. This is one way I know that God Is in control of Everything! The tired feet of Rosa Parks, eventually ignited a young minister named Martin Luther King who ignited the world to “have a dream!” The atrocities of Nazi Germany created the push for the world to create the “modern state of Israel!” And so with these in mind your Grace-Full Christmas Present # 11 is “The Shove of The Love!”
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” – Luke 2:4-5
And so there was Joseph, that good Jewish man doing his best to take this all in and just about the time he thinks he has it – “Whap” – another brick upside his face! If you are ever around Nazareth you can still hear the pain of Joseph as he looks up to the sky and cries out, “God was The Red Sea not enough for You! Come on, I think I have been pretty good about this, what with all the wife who should be stoned, visitation by an angel and Oh lets not forget my soon to be son is actually The Son of God – no pressure there! A little help here – God – Please!”
In short all the people in the Christmas story were human beings and all had moments of doubt, pain and struggle as they were connected to the Greatest Gift and Greatest Story ever told!
Your Grace-Full Christmas Present # 11 comes in this moment and is an overriding theme of the Bible – The Shove of The Love creates Greater dependency on God, understanding of God, connection with God, Faith in God and in short this Is ALWAYS a Huge Win for all involved!
God’s Love is a mystery because it is beyond our capacity to grasp – its bigger, wider, deeper and more complete than we could Ever imagine – understand this and Life is a Party – miss this and you are serving a god but Not The God!
For those who need proof of the above statement I invite you to look to the cross of Jesus! Look at the Love that He Freely poured out for the soldier that whipped Him, the person that spat on Him and the throngs of people that only shouted “crucify” because the religious leaders told them to say it!
If you have followed my writing or you have heard me speak you will know that one thing I am in the habit of saying is, “If the Love of God and in fact God Himself is less than More Amazing, Loving, Caring and Merciful than what I write about – Hell doesn’t seem so bad as an eternal destination!”