Today’s reading, the first 18 verses of John’s gospel, is, in my view, the most important “Christmas” passage in the Bible.
- John starts his story in the beginning, the very beginning:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
- He clearly and powerfully articulates the mind-blowing, history-changing reality of the incarnation:
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- And he tells us why it all matters:
18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
The opening words of John’s story of Jesus are worth soaking in for a long time. May we be moved by the wonderful mystery of God’s great love for us. May Christ’s coming powerfully proclaim God’s desire to make Himself known.