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December 25, 1014. Christmas Day!
Gospel Text: John 1:1–14
The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
Christmas Morning! The day we celebrate the first time Joseph had to change diapers! Or, at least this is what I would like to think…
We celebrate the good news that the Word has become Flesh, and for a short 33 years or so, walked amongst us.
Do you notice how the Gospel of John doesn’t include anything about the manger, a drummer boy, and another Macy’s Sales event, not even Mary or Joseph?
John is equating the birth of Jesus with the original Creation Story telling us that in Christ birth, we have been born anew!
2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Martin Luther called John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” the Gospel in a nutshell, But this is the story of Jesus’ life in a nutshell! God was in the beginning, but we do not come into full being until we are reunited with God through the life and death of Jesus and faith! In Jesus, and the forgiveness we receive, through His obedience to the promise of our salvation, we remain in the dark, not exposed to the Light and Truth of God. The Light and Truth of God illumines all things that would separate us from the presence of God; and even though there is hopelessness, greed, violence and all sorts of darkness in the world, the Good News of God’s love and mercy, is all powerful and nothing can overcome it!
This is what we celebrate today. God’s plan for our eternal salvation, and a life full of faith and joy that we can be blessed with each and everyday, begins right now in the hearing of the Gospel.
You have received the gift of a Savior, so that you can live as the People of God. What a great gift to the world you have become through the gift you received!
So the question for today is:
This is truly a day to rejoice in thinking about what we can become as a gift to God’s world, as you have been gifted with the eternal promise of God’s presence, faith, hope, joy, love and even the ability to speak to God in prayer. Among the boxes, paper, and festivities, find some quiet time and think about how you, as a Child of God, have been blessed to be a blessing, gifted to be a gift.
This is a day to think about how you have been Re-Created to be a blessing to the world, RIGHT NOW!
16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.