It’s not the most traditional Bible verse about the Christmas season, but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

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God sent Jesus not because we deserved it, but because of His mercies.  He is the reason for our salvation, not us.  It’s so easy to slip in to a human-centered Gospel, where Jesus came for us because He loved us.  Wait a minute…Jesus doesn’t love us?  Of course He does, but that’s not the primary, central, core reason for His incarnation.

Jesus came to earth as a feeble and vulnerable infant because God’s glory deserved nothing less.

God’s heart for Himself and the pursuit of His own glory among all nations is why Jesus was born.  As John Piper says, “It is profoundly loving for Jesus to exalt Himself…it is only Him that truly satisfies the human soul.”

Rescuing us from death.

Guiding us to a path of peace.

Light from heaven breaking into the darkness.

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel.

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