Friday, December 24, 2021

Advent Words Day 27 ~ Word

Day 27: Word

“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.John 1:1-4

As much as I love the traditional detailed Christmas story in Luke’s gospel, I also love how John shares the Christmas story – the story of the incarnation – God became man. The Word became flesh. This is the great mystery and wonder and truth of Christmas! God took on human flesh, becoming fully like us, and dwelled among us.

In these opening verses John tells us so much about who Jesus is:

He is eternal – with God from the beginning.

He is divine – the Word was God.

He is Creator – through him all things were made and in him was life.

In the beginning God spoke Creation into being. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. Throughout the Creation story in Genesis we are told that God spoke words and from those words the created things came into existence. God spoke and it was done.

Now God speaks to us through His Son, the Word become flesh.

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.Hebrews 1:1-3

John continues in his gospel:

“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 1:14

The Word became flesh and dwelled among us, he became the promise of Isaiah 9:2 – Immanuel, God with us, God dwelling among us, God eternally present with us and in us.

And John also tells us that Jesus is God’s glory revealed. God in human flesh made visible and fully known. In his first letter John gives further testimony to who the Word is:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.1 John 1:1-2

Jesus is the one who is life, the source of life, and the one who reveals life. He is the Word of God – both a person and the message of God. The revelation of God, fully human and fully divine.

Today is the last word in the Advent Words Challenge. Feel free to continue to share you creative response on social media using #adventwords2021 or in the Words Challenge Facebook Group.  

Thank you for joining me through the Advent season and have a Merry Christmas!

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