KNOW AND SHOW THE ACTIONS OF CHRISTMAS!I.

Updated: Jan 27

I. Know God loves and sends

II. Show love and speak


1 John 4:9-14 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his

one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is

love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an

atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we

also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we

love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his

Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to

be the Savior of the world.

In the name of Jesus Christ, the Child of Promise, the Child of Perfection, the

Child who prepared Paradise for us, dear Christian friends, I’m tired! Is anyone else? There have been decorations to hang, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, meals to prepare, cleaning to accomplish, special services to attend, deadlines to meet and a host of other things as well to get ready for tonight/tomorrow. For most people, Christmas involves a lot of work! For most people, Christmas means action!

No one knows that better than God! It was his action that set Christmas in

motion. Of course, he was not in charge of all the extras you and I place into our

Christmas preparations, but he acted to make sure you and I could celebrate Christmas.

God’s action was one of love, the greatest love there has ever been! God’s action was

one of sending his Son to rescue us from sin, death and hell! God’s action worked our

salvation!

If you don’t already, I want you tonight and from this point forward to KNOW

AND SHOW THE ACTIONS OF CHRISTMAS! I. Know God loves and sends II. Show love

and speak. By God’s inspiration, the Apostle John wrote: This is how God showed his love

among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through


KNOW AND SHOW THE ACTIONS OF CHRISTMAS!


I. Know God loves and sends

II. Show love and speak


2 him. Is that the only way God has shown his love to us? Of course not! From creation,

with life and breath and everything else we need to live and move and have our being;

to protection, with angels and government entities; to preservation, with medical

advances and nutritional varieties; to relationships, with family and friends; to spiritual

gifts and fruits of the Spirit, God has showered us with love in amounts that go beyond

our imagination or understanding. But the greatest of these is highlighted here by John.

God sent his one and only Son and the result is life for us! This gift of eternal life

begins now with the joy of forgiveness and the opportunity to serve Jesus and continues

into eternity as we no longer fear burning in the fire pit that is hell because Jesus has

rescued us. John Flavel, an English Puritan Presbyterian wrote: “All other mercies are as

nothing in comparison of the love of God in giving his Son to be our Savior: they are all

swallowed up in this, as the light of candles when brought into the sunshine.” The

candles are still there, but you just can’t see them because the sunlight overwhelms

them!

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an

atoning sacrifice for our sins. If your life consists of focusing on your actions, your

goodness, your love, it will be not only conceited, but also lacking awareness of what is

truly important. God’s love and the gift of his Son is where our focus needs to be. God’s

love is pure. God’s love is not transactional, where he expects to get something in

return. God’s love came in the midst of his anger over our sins in order to provide his

solution for our problem.

John’s letter continues, Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to

love one another. God’s love is...perfect. Our love is not. But we can look at Jesus and

the love he showed to his heavenly Father and to all and find a perfect example to

follow. We can use the ability he provides through saving faith to strive to live a life that

is pleasing to him. We can enjoy his perfect love to us and use it as motivation to love

one another.

God’s love is...for us. Our love is to be for him and for one another, all of whom

God also loves. This is difficult because we are a selfish people by nature. We struggle

to give to others, especially to those who have wronged us. But as God gives his love

away, so we are to give our love away. Give your love to your family members as they

struggle with sin. Give your love to your closest friend as he questions if anybody can

love him for the harm he has caused. Give your love to the unbeliever to lead them out

of eternal destruction. Who better than we who have enjoyed God’s love to love one

another?

God’s love is...unending. Our love is to be ongoing. The wife wants her husband

to be more communicative. He thinks, “Well, I just talked to her yesterday, but now

that isn’t good enough for her; she wants me to talk to her again today!” The pastor

asks his church members to commit to the next big church event. They happily do, but

then can’t/won’t find time to commit to the next. The neighbor helps when the

community needs to be cleaned up after a natural disaster, but after that, secludes

himself in his home like a hermit. Good thing God continues to love us so that we can


3 continue to count on his forgiveness when we have failed in our love for him and for

one another! No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his

love is made complete in us. God is invisible, but his love for all can be seen in the love

his children exhibit in their lives. When God gives us saving faith, his goal has been

accomplished: we have the love he wants us to have. He has entered our hearts and

remains there. However, it can never be said that our love for God has been completed or met its goal. We are called upon to put God’s love into action and there is no end to that

mission. Next, John writes, We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has

given us of his Spirit. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Do you trust him for

forgiveness and salvation? Do you love others because of the love God has given you in

his Son? Then you have been given the Spirit!

But, that is not a gift you keep for yourself! Share it, as John writes at the end of

this reading: and we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the

Savior of the world. John saw Jesus alive, crucified, buried, alive again and ascended! He heard Jesus speak the truth and reveal the mysteries of God! And so John spoke of what he saw and heard! John’s eyewitness testimony was invaluable for himself and for those to whom

he revealed the saving message of Jesus.

We have the same calling as John, that is, to be witnesses of the love of God and

the saving work of Jesus. Isn’t sharing the good news of Jesus the greatest action of love

we can show to someone else? When you consider what to get your unbelieving friend

for a Christmas gift, why not something that everyone can use, that is one-size-fits-all

and that does not need to be returned...but definitely should be re-gifted!?!

We celebrate tonight because God has carried out his actions of loving us and

sending his Son for us! Part of our Christmas celebration involves our actions of loving

one another and testifying to the love God has for all in Jesus! Showing love and

speaking about Jesus is hard work, but it is so rewarding...for us and for those we love!

Merry Christmas!

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