Christmas Day, 2015, has passed but the Love that God shares with all of us, is still here and has been for over 2000 years. We are taught to love God. I am not sure I have ever learned how to exactly do that. Worship yes, love not so sure. How do you love something you can’t see, touch or hear? And in my past, there were times I wasn’t even sure God existed. It is almost impossible for me to get my arms around the thought and action of loving God, let alone to love something so vast, a God that created everything, absolutely everything. I once heard a preacher say that he felt the best way to love God was to learn to love what God loved. Which of course is everything.
God coming down at Christmas, in human form, teaching us to love God with all our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus claims these to be the 1st and 2nd greatest commandments. I believe that Jesus Christ provided that bridge to learning to love God. One of my favorite authors on the subject of love is Leo Buscaglia, author of the book entitled LOVE, and many others, really had a handle on the art of loving. Buscaglia, in the forward of his book , Living, Loving & Learning, writes, ” Nikos Kazantzakis suggests that ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” I couldn’t find a better description of Jesus Christ, as a teacher, helping us to cross that bridge to loving God and then collapsing on the cross, encouraging us to create bridges of love on our own. What a perfect description of the “teacher Christ”. Teacher, just one of the many Names of Christ.
Christ bridged the gap between us and God and created the acronym for Loving Others Virtually Everywhere.