Sunday, December 21

IN THE BEGINNING


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning”. 
Jn 1:1 NIV 

We must never allow ourselves to think that Christianity all began with the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem. Just as most families have a lot of preparation to get ready for Christmas celebrations, so God too had been busy. 

Because Christ was not only sent from God, but was God, it means that he had been with God the Father from before time began. That is to say before creation began. As the hymn says, he was “begotten not created”. So although we do not see him with human eyes until he comes on Christmas Day, he was there in all the work of creation the Father-God-Creator was busy with since time began. Whilst the human saga was unfolding in the stories of Adam, of Noah, of Abraham and all the patriarchs, as God was giving the law (and revealing himself in the process), as he was speaking to people through the prophets with messages, so he was also waiting with the big message - the Word that came in Christ. 

It is important at Christmas that we see beyond the lovely Christmas story, beyond the angels, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph and all the elements we are familiar with. The Christmas story is about the speaking God, the God who spoke in creation, through Abraham, Moses and the law, the prophets and the great events, especially of the Exodus. Now there comes at Christmas the mystery hidden from human eyes until the birth of Jesus. And he speaks. In a child, a weak, dependent, struggling human. 

And his Word speaks to you. Will you hear and respond? 

PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, let me hear, believe and do your Word.