I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been asked to take part in our college’s Advent devotional series this year, and that I had contributed two pieces. As it happens, I was assigned the piece for Christmas Day, and I figured I’d share it with y’all as well.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
John 1: 1-14
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)
It’s been suggested that the reason we don’t remember our infancy is because we don’t have the vocabulary at the time to construct the memories we can build in later life. We build our lives, our worlds, with words. This is true on the universal scale as on the individual: “In the beginning was the Word […] All things were made by Him.”
We have spent these weeks celebrating the coming of that Word, but words also give us ways of seeing, and words give us power, and so does the Word. John knows this, and he tells us that he received the Word, the Light, and the Power, and that we can receive them as well.
It’s easy to forget those gifts as we move through our lives, easy to go without noticing, just as it might have been easy not to notice a child in a manger in a small town. But that Child proved to be a light that all the universe’s darkness cannot contain. This Christmas, let us remember that Light, and that Word, and behold His glory.
Merry Christmas to us all.
Heavenly father, thank you for Your Word, Your Light, Your Truth, and thank you most of all for sharing Yourself with us – Word, Light, Truth, and Man. We thank you in Your Name, in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.