What is Christmas All About? By David Mitchell

In Ephesians 3:18,19 Paul prayed for his converts that they "...May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

 

God sent his love into our three-dimensional world (not counting the dimension of time).  If you notice in the verse above, His love is four-dimensional--breadth, length, depth, and height.  He send his four-dimensional love, into our three dimensional world, don't you think that is interesting?  

 

Mathematicians will tell us that it is impossible to fully comprehend or visualize even one dimension higher than the dimension one finds himself in.  So, it is impossible for natural man to fully comprehend what this four-dimensional love looks like.  That is precisely why Paul prayed that God would help his new-born Christians to learn to comprehend it.  

 

God's love has breadth.  It is as wide as the East to the West.  He demonstrated the breadth of his love by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus, to stretch out his arms and submit to the death of the cross to pay for our sins and ransom us from the slave market of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Therefore, God's love has infinite breadth.

 

God's love has length.  It spans from eternity past where he knew us with a loving knowledge before the foundation of the world and chose us as his own children (Eph. 1, Rom. 8, Matt. 13.36-43, Acts 13.48, et. al.), to eternity future where Jesus will take us into an existence where God is All in All (1 Cor.15.28).  Throughout all that span, God's love will define itself more and more to our hearts and minds.

 

God's love has height.   It stretches from the clay of the earth from which he molded our physical bodies, to the heights of heaven where the Shekinah Glory dwells between the Cherubim, from whence our spirit was formed, and from whence our Saviour came to save the world.  It is here, in the clay, that the highest aspect of God's love, which is called grace, is revealed (for the whole purpose of man is "...to the praise of the glory of His grace," Eph. 1.6).  Grace is undeserved love.  Grace is a kind of love that man cannot have on his own, it must come from God, for it is God's love--to love the unlovely, to love that which hates the lover.  This is the height of God's infinite love.

 

Therefore, God's love has breadth, length, and height--three dimensions, and if Jesus were but a man this would have been fantastic, but he is more--He is the God-man, so his love has a fourth dimension, depth.  

 

Unlike breadth, length, and height, this word, "depth," in the Greek is not really a place or space or measurement word at all.  It is a word which expresses depth of thought or idea; profundity, mystery, and unfathomable extent.   It is a word from a higher dimension than we are from, therefore it is difficult for us to define or comprehend.  

 

Therefore, Paul prays that the Holy Spirit would HELP us comprehend this great love which "passeth knowledge."  This clearly implies that man cannot know this love own his own.  The Holy Spirit, and the Word of God must inform us, and this is a learning process that will take age unto age to carry out, and then it still will not be complete, because God is infinite in nature and we will always be in a continual state of learning about Him.

 

How did this infinite love from an invisible Spirit Being enter a three dimensional world in such a way that we could observe it?  How could this four-dimensional love from the "I-AM" enter space and time without destroying time, and with it space, and with that, us?  

 

God's love penetrated our dimension by being sent into a manger in Bethlehem Ephratah, into the warmth of a young virgin's arms; as a harmless babe within whom dwelt "...all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily."  

 

Micah 5:2

2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, Though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 

"From everlasting" is "Olam" in the Greek.  It means "time out of mind," vanishing point.  To me this is a description of the dimension where the Father dwells, no time, no space, an invisible (to those who live in a three-dimensional world) Spirit Being, who defines Himself as, not having, but BEING LOVE (1 John 4.8)!

 

Jesus' title is Immanuel, which being interpreted, means, "God with us."   The Carrier of the love of God, Who was called the Word of God, entered this universe through the womb of a virgin, and exited this world from the uplifted cross, as Jesus gave up the ghost, having carried the sins of his people upon Himself, and having paid the price of sin on behalf of His people.   His blood was the Ransom price which bought us and set us free from the slave market of our captor for ever and ever, Amen.   We are blessed by this great love, let us be brought to a greater comprehension of this love, especially the depth of it, the profundity of it, by the Holy Spirit!  

 

Here is a small hint at the extent of this great love.

 

John 17:23-24

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 

 

This says, "...Thou...has loved them, as thou hast loved me."   So, Jesus said that what ever the extent of God's love for Him was, His love for us is AS that, i.e. the same as that.   In the Greek "as" is kathōs, just as.   

 

Now look at the next verse...

 

John 15:9-10

9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 

 

Jesus said what ever the extent of God's love for HIM is, Jesus has that same love for US!

 

Ponder the extent of this love for a few days during the Holidays, and we at NeUventure on Wall Street wish you a very, Merry Christmas!