As I was considering the theme of my Christmas morning message, I was struck by the amazing fact of God becoming human and dwelling among us. John introduces Jesus in his gospel with these words “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 apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (1:1-3 NASB). It is amazing to think of God’s creative power and person revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ taking on humanity and coming and dwelling among us. This passage tells us who Jesus is and what Jesus has done.
First Jesus is God. Not “a god” as some teach, but the true and living God. I am reminded of the angels’ words to Joseph in the 1st chapter of Matthew’s gospel when he tells Joseph to marry Mary he says ““BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL”, which translated means, ”God with us” (v.23 NASB). God is with us in the Lord Jesus Christ. As I was working on this blog, I received a call from a pastor friend of mine in India. Isn’t it amazing to know that the same God I serve in Piscataway is the same God my friend is serving in Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradish. We worship Jesus who is the true and living God.
The second thing we see in John’s prologue is what Jesus has done, He was God’s active creative agent in putting all things together in the ancient past. Jesus is the agent of creation in “all things”. Man can construct but we work with materials already in existence. God alone has the power to create out of nothing. The divine nature and eternal existence of Jesus Christ is evident from His work in creation. Then think about Him taking on humanity and being born so we can be born again. All praise to Him.
So this Christmas Sunday I hope you will take some time to reflect on the incredible gift God has given us in Immanuel. For God’s presence is with us, let us rejoice together in the Christ of Christmas.
All for Christ,