“The Word became a human and lived among us.
We saw His glory — the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father —
and He was full of grace and truth.”
The day God came to earth is much more than a sweet tale on which to base a holiday. It is a miracle of dynamic proportions, and John tells of the wonder of it all. God himself came to live with us on earth. That is the heart of the Christmas story. The God of the universe made His home here on earth so that people could better understand Him, connect with Him, and experience His kindness. The Word is God’s most intimate, and informative communication with those whom He created.
It’s interesting that such a pivotal verse about Jesus does not even contain His name. Word was a powerful symbol in the Jewish tradition. The Word was the creative force that brought the world into being. Everyone at that time understood that referring to Jesus as the Word was the same as calling Him the eternal Creator.
The biggest mistake people make about Jesus is to minimize either His deity or His humanity. In His earthly life, Jesus was both fully God and fully human. John emphasized this point throughout his entire Gospel. Although both the Old and New Testaments are filled with important verses about Jesus, John 1:14 clearly states who Jesus is and what He wants to impart to you.
Here, at the beginning of a New Year, let us look to Jesus as our Savior. Let Him guide you through the year, bringing new adventures you would never have thought possible. When we realize He is God with us and allow Him to have control, we can face the challenges of each new day with confidence in its outcome. May the Christ-child reign in your heart. See you in Church on Sunday!