And all this is to be because God loves us and has come among us.
Those who watched the Narnia Chronicles on Sunday will have seen the difference it made when Aslan was no longer a rumour or an unseen presence, but a living reality. Perpetual winter was turned into spring. Petrified creatures had new life breathed into them. Frightened and oppressed citizens became brave warriors. Hope dawned.
The cost was high: the life of Aslan himself. But it was a cost willingly borne out of love in order that even the traitor might go free.
Many of us long for our hearts to be warmed, our lives renewed and strengthened in hope. The presence of Christ among us and his touch on our wounded souls bring about such transformation - if we allow it.
So we pray: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!