23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. — John 13:23 NKJV
In a society where “real” men don’t show this kind of affection for each other, this verse can cause some confusion. We must remember that this occurred in a time and place where men greeted each other with a holy kiss. So, get past the first impression and see the picture as it is really meant to be seen. See it as pure love with no lust involved. Try to put yourself in John’s place and feel the comfort and joy that he must have felt right then. Remember the times in your early years when you would be frightened about something and your Dad would pick you and hold you against his bosom. Do you remember the safety, and in a few minutes, the peace and the joy that you felt? Or maybe, you were ailing and your Mom would hold you against her bosom to comfort you. Isn’t it wonderful that we can still have that kind of relationship with Jesus? We can run to Him, sit in His lap and He will wrap His arms around us to comfort and cheer us. Get this picture in your mind and focus on it until it becomes real to you. Then, in those trying, difficult, scary times, run to Him with your arms wide open and simply say “Abba”, I love you! He will be thrilled and you will have a time of peace that passes understanding and joy that overflows your heart.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” — Romans 8:15 NKJV
“The closer I get to the end of my life, it seems the only question that matters, Is the life I am living pleasing to God?” – Ken Gire In “Sacred”
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. — Galatians 4: 3-7 NIV
Unlike humans, God is not concerned with the segments of time, such as minutes. hours, days, months, etc. He sees things throughout eternity. There is a “set time” for all of the events in His plan to take place. God is never surprised by any event or action by any being. God did not see man sin and then quickly devise a plan to redeem him from that sin. The plan had been put into place “before the creation of the world”.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. — Eph. 1:3, 4 NIV
As the Divine Trinity, He could not shed blood, but He had ordained that without the shedding of blood, there could be no forgiveness of sin.
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. — Hebrews 9:22 NIV
To fulfill the law, He, Himself, became human so that He might shed His blood for our sins.
But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. — Hebrews 9:26a-28 NIV
He came that we might be redeemed, forgiven, and made sons of the only true and living God. He placed HIs Spirit inside of us that we might call out to HIm, “Abba, Father”. We, who were once slaves to sin, have now been made sons and heirs of the Father. And He is coming again to complete our salvation and take us home to live with Him for eternity. There is no better gift to be given and no better reason to celebrate a birth! From slaves to sons, from heathens to heirs! Celebrate! Give gifts!
10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” — Luke 3:10, 11 NIV