Christmas Day | December 25, 2019

Isaiah 52:7-10 • Psalm 98 • Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) • John 1:1-14

In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
    and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:1-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

The writer of Hebrews pens these words:

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. 

Hebrews 1:1-3

In the beginning…GOD created the heavens and the earth…our congregation heard these words this past Sunday. They are the words that begin the holy scriptures in Genesis 1. These words begin the old covenant. John’s gospel the fourth gospel begins in a similar way. In the beginning the Word already existed. God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit – the Trinity have always been, always is, and always will be. They were there at the creation of the world and now in John’s gospel, we learn that the very one who created the universe, humbles himself to come into the world He created. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

The writer of Hebrews states: The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.

Yet this very same God came to earth to save us from our sins through the shedding of his blood. It is a gift that many people reject – even God’s own people rejected Jesus. But we are given this promise:

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Jesus loved us so much that He gave up his own life to save us from our sins. God’s grace is evident, even in the coming of Jesus to Bethlehem. He didn’t have to save us, but because of his grace and mercy, He came anyway to give us life.

On this Christmas morning, I encourage you to receive the gift that Jesus has given to you so freely and so richly.

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