Oh, How He Loves Us

Steve Velebit,
Director of Development, Strategic Giving

December 18, 2023

I have always been impressed with ants. How they organize, how they move things 50 times their weight, even how they assemble to attack invaders. But when they invade my house, I find them annoying. They are so tiny, but they can cause so much trouble. 

Here’s a weird thought, though: Could you imagine living in the ant world? What would that take? If you had a shrink ray, could you get down to their level and interact with them? Probably not. They would likely see you as food, and then you would see firsthand what mandibles can do. So, what would it take to interact with them, for them to take you seriously, and for you to become part of their colony? Well, you yourself would have to become an ant. 

I’m not sure we understand the gravity of God’s love and what He did when he came down to Earth as a baby. Honestly, it would be a lower step down than if you became an ant. Can you imagine the Creator God of the universe becoming a baby? A needy, defenseless, weak little baby? It boggles the mind, but in Matthew 1:21-23, we read about an angel speaking to Joseph: 

“And she [Mary] will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets — ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called ‘Immanuel’ (meaning ‘God is with us’)” (TLB).

We know from the start that this was His plan. Jesus, the third person of the Godhead, would become a physical man, a meek and humble man, that would identify with us to show us His love and compassion and His plan for salvation.  

Does He love us? He gave up everything and became a man to show us the Father’s heart and to ultimately die that we might live. Oh, how He loves us!