For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV
God’s Only Son
There are many things that are uniquely Canadian. An early form of peanut butter was first patented by Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884 for people who had difficulty chewing and needed a high-protein food supplement. Instant mashed potatoes were invented by Edward Asselbergs in 1962. Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit in 1979 when they couldn’t find all their Scrabble tiles. The Yukon Gold potato was developed by Gary. R. Johnston in 1966, in Canadian terms it is the best for fries and potato chips.
There is a lot about this Advent and Christmas season that is unique. Angels appear to an elderly couple, a young Jewish woman and to shepherds, a virgin gives birth, worship takes place, and some eastern leaders set out on a two-year journey led by a star. There is one unique aspect to this season, however, that rises above the rest. We learn of it in perhaps the most beloved of all Bible verses. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Of all the unique things about the Advent season and the Christmas story is Jesus. He is God’s one and only Son. He is the only Saviour of the world. He is God’s only provider of salvation. There is no one like Jesus – fully man and fully God. Without sin, He alone has borne the sin of the world, your sin and mine. This season is special and loved for many reasons. But the only reason that matters is that Jesus has come, because God loves the world.
These have been words from the heart.