In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being though Him. John 1:1-3a
And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his Glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
During these pandemic days of shut down and social isolation we have come to rely on our technological devices a whole lot more. We call through Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, What’s App and even the good “old–fashioned” phone, to our friends and family across the street and around the world.
Now, it's kind of trivial to compare Christmas to a tech call. I know that, but still, have you answered the call of Christmas?
The Christmas story quite simply proclaims the reality that God wants to communicate, and, yes, communicate with you and me. That baby is more than a newborn, he is God's Word to you and all of human kind. He is God speaking to us. So, are we listening?
The opening verses of John's account of the life of our Lord, speaks wonderfully about Jesus. He is God, he is God's Word with a capital W! By learning about Jesus, we come to know who God is and what God wants to show us and tell us.
He was there when the world was created. He was the One who said: "Let there be light," and there was light. He is the author of life. Your life and mine are His creation.
Without him my world, your world, would be a chaotic swamp with all kinds of quick sands to lure and entrap. He is the true light that gives lasting clarity and abundant life. Without the light of Jesus, there would ultimately only be silence and darkness, and all of our human efforts to find an escape hatch would only lead to more of the same.
But, when we trust Jesus (the Word made flesh) and believe in His name, we are given power to become children of God, part of His family, and a new creation. None of us deserve this grace, but through mercy God calls us.
God has communicated emphatically and decisively in Jesus Christ who came to bring you and I abundant life. He came to bridge the distance between God and us as only God can. He gave up His life on the cross so that you and I can have IT; he gave His life for our lives, exchanged His death for our sins, His death for our death, so that we might have never ending life.
Can you see how great God is? Can you see what lengths he would go for you to be His child? He became a child so you could be a part of His family, His new creation, His "baby!"
So, when you hear the call this Christmas, please answer. Listen for the ring tones in all of what is sung and said in our worship together. Invite your family and friends to join us this Christmas. Like and share our services, invite folks through your social media. Invite, welcome and connect, so to help others hear the Word made flesh and be part of His family; receiving His grace, truth and life.
Merry Christmas to each of you, and may God richly bless you this new year and always.