Advent: December 24

John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

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.

We probably know this passage well, and have grown up with over the years if we’re regular Nine Lessons and Carols services attenders. John grounds us in the eternal nature of The Word, who came to earth as Jesus. The Word is instrumental in the creation of everything. I am his creation, as are you, formed in Father God’s image.

As I write this, I’m waiting for a PCR test result. That might be the effect of living in a broken world. Did God create viruses as well? I get coughs and colds, and there are increasing signs of older age to remind me that I won’t live forever in this body.

Although this is the reading accorded the final slot in a Carol Service, it is not about Christmas! It’s much deeper than that. It’s not celebrating a baby being born in the cold, snowy, bleak mid-winter (snow in Palestine?!), it’s about God becoming Man.

What I do know is that through faith in Jesus, the Word of God incarnate (in flesh), I have all the legal rights of sonship of Father God. I, along with all those who believe in Jesus’ name, have an inheritance, a treasure stored up in heaven for me. Becoming a child of God is not just for Christmas – it’s for eternity.

Did God create viruses?

What truth do you see confirmed each Christmas day?

Lord Jesus, you came to earth on a normal day, except that heaven rejoiced and angels sang songs of glory. You actually became like us, like me, and this for me is the hard part, because I want to think that you were somehow so different from me that I cannot possibly be like you. But you took on human form just like me, and became one of us. Thank you that you came in loving obedience to Father God. Thank you that you walked this very earth. Thank you that you died for me. Glory be to God that you were brought back to life and now reign on high. Amen.

Begotten, not made