The Word became Flesh
Reading John 1, verses 1 - 14
And so to our text:- John 1, verses 1 - 14
In the beginning God breathed into man “the breath of Life”. In this opening passage St. John sets out the theme to be developed later in the Gospel. Here, dwelling among us is “Eternal Life”, the Word incarnate. (see John, 3:16; 4:14; 6:68 etc.)
The Life was not only active in creation, He was the sustaining power, working in and through the universe which he had made. “The Life was the Light of men.” The Light of Christ could not and cannot be extinguished by darkness. Something to hang onto when the spirit of fear and hopelessness is abroad in the world.
The verses 6 - 8 are an interruption in the “Logos Hymn”. They explain who John the Baptist was and his role as the Forerunner, the witness to the Light.
The true Light, the creative Word, God Himself was coming into His world. The world which He had created and which is sustained by Him. And He was not recognised - worse, He was not wanted!
But to those who did and do receive Him, those who believe in, and accept Christ as Lord, he gives them the authority, power and right to become children of God. The New Birth in Christ is a gift from God Himself.
So “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
The Glory of Christmas is that in the Babe of Bethlehem, God Himself was present with us. Can we say with St. John - “We have beheld His Glory. The Glory as of the only begotten Son from the Father”. If we can then we can rejoice that we are “Children of God”
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