By Matt Tullos
My favorite Christmas verse is John 3:16. I am so grateful that God was compelled by love to send His Son. He is love, and His love is enough!
I’ve seen Him among the children, and anyone who loves kids like He does, can be trusted.
He is merciful to those who need mercy, and He is always just.
He was willing to sacrifice everything for us and He never sleeps.
He is a doctor who can diagnose an illness before the symptoms appear.
He is a baker, and when you go to His house there is always the wonderful smell of fresh bread.
He is available to you any time—day or night.
He fights for the helpless.
He makes time for the lonely.
He is ready to step between you and your enemies.
When you are befuddled, confused, and indecisive, He has a plan.
When the walls are closing in, His doors will open wide.
He listens when no one else is around to hear you.
He consoles you when there are no arms to embrace you.
He weeps with you when all others curse at you.
He is redeemer of your yesterdays and foreseer of your tomorrows.
He has been to hell and back and He is still standing strong.
When others doubt you, He says you can do it.
When no one knows you, He calls you by name.
When few are truthful, He will tell it to you straight.
He has set you apart and pulled you together.
He lifts you up and settles you down.
He’s not insecure, detached, or ruthless.
All His plans are above board.
He’s written them all down in a book for you.
And nothing catches Him by surprise.
Many have tried to imitate Him.
The religious have desired to placate Him.
And even more have tried to eliminate Him.
But no one can intimidate Him.
He is independent and self-sustaining and yet He longs for your love.
He could turn the world on its end and yet He has loved you from the beginning.
He knows you, and He’s everything you’ll ever need.
Matt Tullos is pastor of Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.