12 Days f Christmas Day 1

The 12 Days of Christmas Day 1
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
The old English Christmas Carol begins with, “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.” This seems like an odd gift to us and there is a lot of speculation surround the motivation and meaning of this song, but this is where it begins, a Partridge in a pear tree. Now pear trees are common in cool climates, but the partridges don’t nest in trees. One speculation is that the pear tree represents the corrupt French government. The Partridge, however, is a medium sized bird that does something extraordinary. In situations where the nest is in danger the male partridge gives a signal of alarm while throwing itself in the immediate way of danger, hanging his wings and showing ever symptom of debility and weakness to decoy the hunter.
The message for us today is that God so loved us that He gave His own life to save us. Jesus put Himself in harms way so that you and I could know His way of love. This Christmas story begins with God, our true love, who is love and has love and shares His love with those who believe in Him. There is love for those who do not believe but these have chosen to live outside of His love.
One of the interesting things about this story has to do with deception. True love is deceptive in a world that lives in false love. Paul wrote that none of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory… His love put himself on our cross for our sins so that we could have his love and his life and that just doesn’t make sense in a fallen world. This true love is difficult to believe in but it’s true and it’s what God has for me and for you. Live in His love! Questions? Comments?

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