John, the disciple of Jesus, writing to early believers, mentions it almost as an afterthought. It is such a huge thought and yet John doesn’t even give it it’s own sentence. He could have written volumes on the ramifications of this thought but John only gives us a couple of sentences of elaboration.
What is John’s huge thought?
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
God is love.
Perhaps no greater words have even been written. But love is a tricky entity to describe and for love to be love it must be shown by action.
How does God, as spirit, show love to physical human beings?
God becomes a physical human being.
Jesus came, fully God and fully man, as “the exact representation of [God’s] nature” (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus perfectly reflects God, a God who’s very nature is love.
In an un-advent-ful world God’s love remains an abstract idea. In an un-advent-ful world, love does not possess hands and feet. In an un-advent-ful world, love does not heal the sick, love does not feed the hungry and love does not restore those caught in sin. In an un-advent-ful world, love does not spread out it’s arms and die on a cross.
In Jesus, in advent, we have a God who does exactly that. We see love become flesh and dwell among us and in Jesus we can see God’s glory.
As your church lights the Christ candle on Christmas Eve, let’s see Advent in light of what the world would look like without it.