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Picture for a moment the most elegant home you’ve ever seen, whether you’ve stepped into the house or simply seen it on TV, or perhaps in a magazine. What details do you picture? Gold and silver? Beautiful paintings? Elaborate furniture? Perfectly clean, with everything in its place?
While my home is a far cry from “the most elegant home,” even the grandest home on Earth pales in comparison to heaven. We can’t even begin to picture the grandeur of that home! Talk about gold and silver… Perfect in every way, not just in cleanliness. Elaborate in ways we can’t even comprehend!
Can you imagine living in such a home? No worries about dust, or appliances failing, or a growing repair list. Everything beautiful and elegant and perfect, not to mention peaceful!
If you lived there, would you ever want to leave? Would you want to visit the homes of the poor whose dirt floors and crude furniture were so … dirty … compared to what you had at home?
Honestly, we probably wouldn’t. We might even look down our noses at those poor folks who had so little. Isn’t that like our human sinful nature?
How amazing is it that God, who is far more deserving of that opulent home than we could ever be, was willing to leave His beautiful, most elegant home to visit ours? This one with dirt floors and a feeding trough for a baby’s bed?
Not just to visit, but to be scorned and ridiculed by the people He loves.
To be condemned to horrible death.
He knew exactly what He faced when He chose to leave His home and come to ours. Yet He chose it anyway. Because He loves us. Because He loves you.
He wants us to live in His most elegant home with Him, but our poor and filthy selves would mar the elegance of His home. By coming to Earth and paying the penalty for our sins (because ultimately, the penalty for sin is death), He washes us clean of our filth. If we choose to accept this gift He’s offering, He forgives our sin and invites us to live in His beautiful heaven with Him.
What love, that He would leave heaven so that we could one day live there with Him!
I pray that, during this Christmas season, you would find a few moments to reflect on His love for you. Babies are cute, but there’s so much more to this celebration than a baby in a manger.