#9Mornings 1: God so loved

(Read John 3:16-17)

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John 3:16 is probably the most popular and widely used Christian statement of why Jesus came to earth. And it points us to one simple thing: the love of God.

Jesus is the manifestation of this love. Jesus came to reveal God’s unfailing love and faithfulness to mankind (John 1:17). Because He loves us so, God made THE way for us. Jesus is that way (John 14:6), our way back to the Father.

Jesus offered Himself–fully God, He became fully man, took on flesh and blood, and dwelt among sinners (John 1:14). He lived a perfect and blameless life, in perfect obedience and surrender to the Father’s will (Heb 4:15, John 18:29).

As God had done with Abraham in Moriah, God had provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins; but this time, it’s His own Son. Jesus died in our place. He had to be born man to die for us sinners–to save the lost, to give His life a ransom for many, and to give us life (v17, Luke 19:10, John 10:10, Mark 10:45).

God loves you, the sinful and broken you, that He was willing to offer His own Son, heaven’s perfect Lamb to save you. His love is so immense, so powerful that He did not even spare His own Son (Romans 8:32). His love is so consuming and unconditional that even when we’re still sinners He died for us (Romans 5:8).

He offers eternal life through Jesus; we gain eternal life by believing in Him, and placing our faith in His sacrifice.

Jesus is the Father’s gift of grace to mankind, out of His boundless love. The gift of grace that we do not deserve. And this undeserved gift is, and must be the main reason for the season, the reason why we’re thankful, the reason why we celebrate.

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9 Mornings

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Growing up a devout Catholic (I am now a reformed Christian), my family observed some really important Christmas traditions. One of them was the Simbang Gabi (Night Mass), sometimes called Misa De Gallo—it is a series of nine dawn Masses celebrated for the Advent season, in preparation for Christmas Day, which commemorates the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Does that make sense? Just Google it for yourself perhaps.)

Now, I just thought it’d be interesting to design a Bible study plan via Dirty Bibles that is stencilled through the 9-day event, except that they will be Bible devotions (straight from the Scriptures, minus all the fuzz that comes with it. Also, no need to wake up before sunrise!)

I mean, this celebration perhaps is the pinnacle (apart from the Resurrection) of our Christianity—honouring and believing in the love and the grace of God revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man; the eternal Word who became flesh and dwelt amongst us, the real Saviour of mankind (no offense to the Justice League).

It’s the perfect season to get keep our Bibles open and busy again. Dirty it up with markings and annotations, with creases and tears. And pray with the very words from it, knowing and believing in our hearts that our God is alive, and He desires for us to get closer to Him each day.

Ready for this? Start here.

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R