Love Came Down (Advent: Christmas Day)

Humble and human, willing to bend You are
Fashioned of flesh and the fire of life, You are
Not too proud to wear our skin
to know this weary world we’re in

Humble, humble Jesus

Humble in sorrow, You gladly carried Your cross
Never refusing Your life to the weakest of us
Not too proud to bear our sin
to feel this brokenness we’re in
Humble, humble Jesus

We bow our knees
We must decrease

You must increase
We lift You high

Humble in greatness, born in the likeness of man
Name above all names, holding our world in Your hands
Not too proud to dwell with us, to live in us, to die for us
Humble, humble Jesus

Audrey Assad, “Humble”

The last week of Advent’s theme is Love. We know that Love came down in the form of Jesus. It is remarkable that He came as a human, it is astounding that He came as a baby.

This song by Audrey Assad isn’t a Christmas song, but it reminds me of the “magic” of the holiday – the story – of who Jesus is and what He did for us.

Love came down.

Love came down in the form of a baby, the most humble of us all. Before anything defined Him, He came to define us.

Photo by Laura Bernero and Lettering by Lis Cheesman
Love came down to remind us of why we are here. Why we exist. Why we are living. It is all for Love.

Love came down for Love. For love’s sake, Love made Himself human. “Born in the likeness of man.”

I always find myself thinking that Christmas will be the one day of the year where nothing bad will happen. Everyone will be happy, peaceful, and safe. But inevitably, people do bad things. Because Love came into our brokenness. Love was the catalyst for a lot of sadness – a refugee crisis of its own and a mass killing of children, all to try and stop Love.

What Jesus taught us is that Love cannot be stopped. Love will keep fighting. Love gave it all for us. Love changes everything. When Love became human, when Love walked in our shoes (sandals?), He showed us how to live, love, and be.

Our world could really take some notes from when Love came down to earth.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18

“Love does no harm to its neighbor.” Romans 13:10

“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8

Love came down, and Love did not fail. Love came in the form of a newborn baby, showing us that Love doesn’t have to be big and scary. Love doesn’t need to intimidate or prove its power or position. Love spent His time with the broken, the outcast, and the sinner. Love healed, Love taught, Love empowered.

Love came down and did not pick and choose. He did not say, You can be loved, but not you. You’re too ____.  Love was color-blind, gender-blind, ethnicity-blind, lifestyle-blind. Love extended Himself to all, without any kind of assessment of worth or merit.

So today, on the birthday of Love, I want to honor Him with the way I live my life. I want to love the way He loved. I want to be humble enough to see everyone as having worth. Our world today needs Love – true Love – more than anything else. We need to give Love, live Love, and be Love.

Photo by Laura Bernero and Lettering by Lis Cheesman

Every word we say should be laced with it, every action motivated by it, and our legacies defined by it. His was.

Merry Christmas – take time today to remember why Love came down.

Not too proud to dwell with us, to live in us, to die for us
Humble, humble Jesus

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I write to process, and sometimes send those thoughts out into the void. Passionate about Jesus and people and bringing those two together. Living in and loving Denver. Working with college students, who are the coolest. Seeking Jesus and JOY in everything.

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