Day 2 | God is Love: Why We Can Have Hope
Reading: John 17:20-26
As we look back and reflect on the first coming of Jesus, what we call the Incarnation, we celebrate the moment when God the Father sent God the Son to take on human nature in Jesus Christ. But we should remember that the relationship between the Son, Jesus, and the Father didn’t begin in Bethlehem. The God we worship is the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three have existed eternally together in a community of love. This is why we can say that God is love—it is who He is! And He never changes.
In John 17:24, Jesus reminds us that God the Father “loved him before the foundation of the world.” Why is this important for us? Because of what Jesus says next. Jesus’s desire is that we would experience the same love of the Father that He has enjoyed for all eternity! If we trust in Jesus for salvation, we get to enjoy the love of God forever. In fact, God wants all people to know and enjoy his love; that’s why he sent his Son to become a man in the first place. Knowing that we are loved by God, we can have hope while we wait. We can have hope in our troubles because we know we are never outside of God’s loving grip.
Question: What about God’s love amazes you?