John 1: 1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 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 light was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man  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 received 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, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

A Thought

John, the writer of this Gospel, as a very close friend to Jesus shares his personal witness of walking and knowing Jesus as fully God and fully human sent to bring light into the world of darkness. Jesus, the Word, was with God in the beginning when all things were made. A man named John was sent by God to testify that Jesus was and still is the life that came to bring light to every man in the darkness of the world. Jesus came in the flesh to his own people, but they rejected him; But to all that did receive and believe in him, he gave the right to receive the grace and truth to be born again as children of God.

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, our Savior being born in human form to redeem us from our sins that we too may become the children of God full of his grace and truth. Let us rejoice and believe together as we watch and pray for Christ’s return to take his children home to be heir to his Father’s throne¬†with him.

Our Prayer

Father open our eyes to see the light of your Son and to follow him out of darkness. Awaken us to walk in your love and grace and in the same manner that John was a witness to the light of our Savior Jesus the Christ, may others receive the truth of the gospel by our witness. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.