In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.- Genesis 1:1-3 (NRSV)
In the beginning, God. The writer of the book of John does not have what we would call a Christmas narrative like the one in the books of Luke or Matthew. He simply echoes what God tells us in Genesis. In the beginning, God. Jesus came to earth in human flesh, but Jesus always is and always was, too.
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 through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1-5 (NRSV)
So Jesus, Emmanuel, God with Us, is with us now, and has been since before the beginning of time. He is One with God the Father, and One with God the Spirit- as if we can ever really get that concept of the Trinity. That’s a hard thing for finite and fallible humans to wrap our heads around. Jesus’ life did not begin in the manger at Bethlehem, because He has no beginning. He was before the beginning, and He has no end, because He will be after the end. And when you think on Jesus, if you want to add the concepts of omnipresence (God is everywhere all the time, in every place, in all times) and omnipotence (God has infinite and complete power over ALL things) then you can really just sit and think and blow your mind.
Here’s a thought. God the I AM (who has always been and will always be,) who created and sustains the universe, came to earth not just to live with finite, fallible and imperfect humans, but to become one of us- to feel our pain, to know our joy, and to walk in our paths with us.
How amazing is that?