Second Sunday After Christmas Day | January 5, 2020
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 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.
15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
John 1:10-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another…
Usually when we look at this passage…and by we, I mean me…we focus on “The Word became human and made his home among us.” I love that part and it has been the basis of several sermons during the Advent season, and I will even use it this morning during my sermon.
John tells us that Jesus came into the world that He created and the world that He created rejected Jesus. Even God’s very own people rejected Jesus. But the great thing is that if we believe and accept Jesus we can become the children of God. How cool is that?
In another version following the Word became human…the text says that Jesus was full of grace and truth. Think about that for a moment. What does it mean to be full of grace and truth – full of unfailing love and faithfulness. The God who came down – who put on human flesh – God, Incarnate, desires us to be one of His own. He wants us to be His children.
Sometimes we get a really wishy-washy idea of what God’s love looks like. Yes, God’s love is unconditional. But even more so, God’s love is pure…it’s not like the love we know. Sometimes our love can get jaded. Sometimes we are not unconditional in our love. We attach strings to our love. But God does not. He loved us so much that Christ came – to put on human flesh – to die for us – to sacrifice His own life for us – so that we could be saved and have eternal life (John 3:16.)
Know wonder John writes, “From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” Jesus came with unfailing love and faithfulness. The Apostle Paul writes:
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.Ephesians 1:5-8
This is the blessing that we receive because “The Word became human.”