Love and friendship doesn't have to be romantic or something we only see in movies. Love can be genuine between any two people regardless of race or culture. Even the animals realize this as the photos in this post demonstrate so beautifully.
Apparently the real Bambi and Thumper reside in a forested area in Canada. :)
Can you imagine what the garden of Eden must have been like? To see and experience every living thing; plant, animal, insect, etc., living in perfect harmony! How beautiful it must have been. And yet the Bible says that it will happen again when Jesus Christ returns.
But even more wonderful is the promise of heaven. No more death or sorrow or pain of any kind! What a completely alien and amazing thought that is for us! Can you imagine what life will be like when it is completely pure and unblemished? Can you imagine life that never ends? Peace and safety and security that never ends?
Jesus became a man because He loves you and me. He wasn't repelled or grossed out by the messiness of life in its current state. He wasn't deterred by the ever present shadow of sickness and death. He is God and yet He is humble enough to roll up His sleeves and get dirty! How amazing is that?!
I mean not even Satan was willing to come down to a human level and walk around like one of us, let alone suffer like one of us. No way! That is too beneath him.
But not for God! Can I get an Amen? God's love is so deep, so real, so selfless! It just makes me want to laugh and dance and cry and shout for joy!
Christmas is not presents or Santa Clause or even family and friends. Christmas is about what Jesus did for you and me. He came into the world as we all did and clothed himself in flesh and blood that He, Himself created! And then he set out on a mission to save as many people as possible from an unjust fate! It just doesn't get any more epic than that folks.
Christmas is the beginning of God's promise in Eden to save the world and everything in it. This kind of love goes way beyond Bambi and Thumper. It goes beyond mother and child. This love... this is beyond expression. It is the love of God to men. Something not even the angels are privileged to receive.
" I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel."
~ Genesis 3: 15
The beginning of its fulfillment:
"' Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call Him Emmanuel,' which means, 'God with us.'"
~ Matthew 1:25