John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen hs glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
He wanted to have a spiritual relationship with mankind. He wanted us to call him father. He wanted us to be spiritually alive. He wanted us know the truth which would set us free.
But you know like I do that this truth, this life, is not what we see around us. Maybe that explains all the Christmas hype. Maybe people get all wrapped up in the season of Christmas because they’re trying to avoid something. They’re trying to avoid the darkness of sin in their hearts. If we celebrate the holidays, if we put on a happy face, if we sing carols, if we go to church—then maybe, just maybe the darkness of unbelief, the guilt, the anger, the questions I have about God—maybe then it’ll all go away. Like an alcoholic who finds escape through booze, do we try to escape the Light of life by getting drunk on Christmas?
The truth is we are the problem. The Light of life has come. We see him: wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, proclaimed by angles and shepherds, worshiped and adored by Mary and Joseph. But is the Light of that manger enough to penetrate the darkness of Bethlehem? Is the Light that gives life enough to penetrate your soul? The answer should be an obvious “yes,” but our lives lead us to wonder...
The Light is shining today, God is speaking to you, and if we close our ears, if you shut out the light, then you die.
But today there is still hope for sinners like me and you, because God is still speaking. Even to those who don’t want to hear it, God still speaks. He tells us that there is repentance: we can still listen to his invitation to turn away from the darkness of sin, turn away from rejecting his word and be saved.
This is why we have Christmas!
This is why lights decorate our houses, our trees. Christ is our light of life. The Word of God was born into this world; he became flesh to grant you life. And your life became his life because the moment the Word of God became flesh, he subjected himself to the same laws of God that apply to us. And the same laws we routinely break, the same laws that result in the punishment of eternal death for sinners like us—those laws are kept perfectly in the Word-Made-Flesh. As Saint Paul says in Galatians 4, “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
The Word became flesh not only to live what we couldn’t live but to die what we should have died. We deserve death, but the Word dies in our place. This Word whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, is the same one whose death and coming back to life we will celebrate in just a few months.
What is God saying today? What final word is God trying to leave on your hearts and minds? This child, this Word made flesh, this Word who was with God who is God and who created this world—this one is Jesus Christ, your Savior. Your life! Gone is the darkness of sin! As the angels tore open the sky and their holy light chased away the dark night, so God’s son breaks apart the darkness of sin and death and grants you life.
The Word became flesh!
And so we live!
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