“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

I love tacos. I believe something magical happens when just the right amount of ground beef, sour cream, shredded cheese and lettuce get placed between a hard tortilla shell. Many times when I’m texting my wife or kids, instead of saying ‘OK’ or sending a thumbs up emoji, I’ll send them an image of a taco. They know that I love them as much as I love tacos.

Wait what?

Sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it? These days we’ve overused the word “love” to the point that we don’t even really know what it means anymore. I love my wife. I love my kids. But I also love R.E.M. And playing guitar. And yes, I love tacos.

No words ever written have reflected God’s love for humanity like John 3:16. But just like love has lost its meaning, I think we gloss over the words of that verse. People hold up John 3:16 signs at football games and it might as well be a Dr. Pepper ad. But if we really let those words sink in, we start to get a glimpse of what Christmas is all about.

The Bible says we are to have God’s Word written on our hearts. If we’ve ever been to church a few times, or even gone to Bible school as a kid, John 3:16 is one verse we all know. This Christmas, as you see other people out shopping and waiting in line to meet Santa, think about God’s love for the world – every last one of us. As you open gifts, think about the ultimate gift that God gave us – his only son as a sacrifice for our failings. And as you hear the Christmas story, don’t just listen. Make sure you believe it in your heart.

This Christmas, reflect on the beautiful words of John 3:16. That is what the season is all about. That is what love is all about.

(Artwork by Abbie Lee)