Our lives are a love story. A tender and passionate Lover pursues us. He is selfless, kind, merciful, and strong. He wants us desperately. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain us for himself.

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).

We’re flawed. Our own efforts take us far away from him. We run.

So the Lover gives chase. None of us have ever been pursued with the intensity of longing exhibited by this God, who calls and saves and bears all upon his own shoulders.

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One reason we delight in a perfect romance—a story that displays selflessness pursuit—is because we are created to crave this kind of affection from this God. In the core of our souls, we want him. But we often don’t know it.

He studies us. He knows us more intimately than we know ourselves.

Love is awakened by him in various ways.

Beauty. Art. Nature. Joy. Love. Our children. Our work. Countless ways.

He’s had an eternity to ponder us and to plan a strategy for gaining each one. He chose us before he created the universe. He designed us in the womb. He planned our roles in his story. He equips us to do great things.

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When we were born, his passion overflowed. He could finally bring to fruition all he had loved and pondered about us forever.

We had entered the story! At last, he could woo us to himself!

All his passion pours into every minute detail of our lives.

He yearns for us.

“This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:9-10).

To obtain us, to wipe out death and give us eternal life, God himself put on human flesh and walked among us.

To be tempted as we are. To experience our pain. To feel our human emotions. He planned to do this from before the beginning.

Jesus executed his part flawlessly.

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He had to die as a sacrifice to pay for us.

Sin owned us. We had to be bought back.

Having lived a perfect life, Jesus died a perfect death. God accepted his blood as payment. Jesus did all the work. He rose. His immortality broadcast light into our darkness.

God draws us toward belief, toward commitment to this One, his own Son.

God himself with us. Emmanuel.

This is why we spend the last dark weeks of each year contemplating the love shown by his human birth and the passion displayed in his gruesome death.

We bask in his pursuit and overflow with praise to the glorious Lover God. As in all holy love stories, when we troth our faith to him, he makes us one with himself. His own nature enters and fills us.

He transforms us to be like himself.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). So, guard this good deposit entrusted to you. “Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14).

Celebrate with joy this God of love, come to dwell within us! Christ in us!

 

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