December 21, 2017 – The Word Was God, The Word Is God, God is With Us…John 1:1-14

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14 (NIV)

John’s Gospel is the most mystical and cryptic of the four Gospels. The writer of John does not focus on the human genealogy of Jesus, but on His spiritual heritage.

Through Him all things were made.

Think about that one for a second. Ponder on it for awhile.

One of the most difficult concepts for non-Christians (and to a degree, for Jesus followers as well) to grasp is that of God as Three-in-One, or the Trinity. One God- the Father, Son and Holy Spirit- Who is One, but also Three, distinct Persons is not an easy concept to take hold of and run with.

Jesus in the manger as a helpless newborn is at the same time God, Creator of the universe, Who is beyond our concepts of time and space. He was before time and space, and He will be when both time and space have passed away.  Even so, He cared enough for us, His weak and fallible creatures to become one of us.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 Even better He invites us and takes us in – if only we believe Him- to become children of God.

Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 Rejoice, rejoice, oh Israel, to you shall come Emmanuel!

 

December 5, 2016: In the Beginning Was the Word – John 1:1-5

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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?