First Love

“Let us make man in our image,” they said, “in our likeness.” The triune God, foreknowing the cost, gathered dust and breathed life.

Years pass. Years of shame and disobedience accumulate, years of creation groaning under the strain of brokenness, years of turning away from the One who loved us first. Years that, in His sovereignty, He foreknew, so He made a way.

He commands an angel to announce the arrival of Him. God the Father sends the message of hope, conceived by the Spirit, wrapped up in His Son. He sends hope, foreknowing the cost.

A baby cries breaking centuries of silence, piercing the dark with His light, born to die, a perfect gift destined to be nailed to a tree.

“He cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross with His Son.”

Because He loved us first, God came for us. God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting. Chosen before the foundations of the earth, before one day came to be, He chose His people. God displayed His love in glorious fashion that first Christmas when He rent open the skies and a multitude of angels spilled over the edge of heaven proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest!”

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