As soon as you land in a warmer climate the sun just soaks away any tension and stress.
Reference: “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1:9 NIV
Explore: I live in Melbourne, Australia. While it is a super trendy city (it has actually won the title of “world’s most liveable city” on numerous occasions) and I love living here, it does get quite cold during winter.
There’s no huge dumps of snow like some really cold places but the temperature drops to an average of 10 degrees Celsius throughout the day and makes any outside activity quite bitterly cold. The city becomes a sea of grey and black jackets as people rush from one heated building to another.
It’s very common for people to actually book their holidays during this time and head up north. The top of Australia presents a very warm and appealing reprieve from our winter coolness.
As soon as you land in a warmer climate the sun just soaks away any tension and stress. You relax and relish the sunshine and everything seems to be so much easier to handle when you are warm and content.
It’s always a massive drop down to reality when the holiday is over and you head back home to the frost and the rain and the wind that blows straight through you.
Application: When the gospel of John was talking about the Word becoming flesh, it made me think of coming back to cold Melbourne after a warm winter getaway.
Jesus was present at the Creation of the Universe. He was and dwelt with God and was an integral part of Heaven. You can’t get a greater climate than that!
And yet He chose to come to earth to be an example for all. He knew the situation was never going to be as ideal as heaven but He committed Himself to do it anyway.
That is sacrifice. That is love. That is grace.
May we never take for granted what Jesus did – and what He gave up – by coming to earth to show us the best that life can be.
Let’s never stop praising our personal, sacrificial, compassionate Saviour.
Prayer: Lord, there is none like You. Thank you for your love and sacrifice. None of us are worthy and yet You came anyway. Thank you. Amen.
How can you praise Jesus for His sacrifice?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.