I love the “back story,” which to me means the story behind the story. What was happening that lead up to the main event?
Christmas is one of my favorite seasons. The “Reason”, the music, the brightly wrapped packages, children’s faces, and the cheer we more willingly share with others, even strangers (except in traffic).
I used to wonder why would Jesus, who lived in Paradise, want to come live here among our messy humanity. He had and exercised power and authority there. He lived in beauty and splendor there. He was worshipped and adored there. He lived surrounded by goodness and love there. There was no evil or violence where he lived. No sadness, no death, no hunger, no homelessness, no broken families, injustice, greed, or abuse existed where He lived. Why, why, why would anyone, let alone, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords CHOOSE to come and live here?
There is a song written and composed by Geron Davis that answers my “Why?”
“He Loved Us More”
Why would a king leave His throne and His crown to come to earth as a stranger?
O and why would He leave the safety of heaven in exchange for all earthly danger?
It is more than my mind can conceive, and yet, somehow in my heart I believe.
More than the crown, more than the throne, more than the heavens He called home.
More than all of these, He loved you and He loved me, and He left it all because He loved us more.
Isaiah 9:6 declares, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
To my “Why?” all heaven answers, “HE LOVED YOU MORE.”