As children begin to make their way in the world, they encounter the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sadly, some children face more trials and tragedies than others. Millions of children are victims of violence, exploitation, and abuse. More than a third of the world’s children live in grinding poverty. But the greatest catastrophe of all is that many children don’t know the extraordinary, glorious, unbridled, beautiful, astonishing love of Jesus.The greatest catastrophe of all is that many children don't know the extraordinary, glorious, unbridled, beautiful, astonishing love of Jesus. Click To Tweet
The reason for the Christmas season is Jesus. It’s because of His astronomical love for children (and youth and adults) everywhere in every situation in every era, that Jesus stepped down from heaven and entered the world.
Jesus (the second person of the trinity) could have entered the world any way He wanted. He could have come as an adult at the head of a conquering army, but He came as a baby, helpless and needy.
While very little is recorded in the Bible about Jesus’ childhood, we shouldn’t miss the fact that by being a child He aligned Himself with children. Why would He do this? Because He wants every child of every tribe and tongue and people to fall head over heels in love with Him, and to live for Him with wholehearted abandon.Jesus wants every child of every tribe and tongue and people to fall head over heels in love with Him, and to live for Him with wholehearted abandon. Click To Tweet
The fact that Jesus would become a baby and then a child is simply without parallel in any other faith. This is the good news for every child – Jesus came into the world as a baby to be one of us! He gladly made Himself nothing (cf. Philippians 2:7) in order to be everything every child needs Him to be. And because of the incarnation, children rich or poor, in good or bad circumstances, can give thanks “to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15.
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