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Our Gospel reading for Christmas Day is from John chapter one, verses 1-14. John’s emphasis here is that God the Son, the one who comes on Christmas, is the one who was always with the Father. He is fully divine. He is the one who was present and active in creation. He appoints his messengers who call out to announce his coming. And when he comes, he becomes flesh. God the Son becomes one of us.
There is great hope in this. Not only do we realize that the almighty God knows all and has lovingly engaged himself in all creation, but in his redemptive love he comes to his own creation, How does he come? Not as some sort of alien forces. He comes as one who understands us and knows us.
As we celebrate Christmas, may we see that this very same Jesus is the one who is present for us in this age, just as he has been in all ages.
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