John 1:1-14 The Miracle of the Word Made Flesh!
Think of what goes in to getting ready for Christmas. There are many times when I sit there and look around and find our house relatively clean, our tree up, presents bought- AND WRAPPED- and behold, there is much rejoicing! Yet, as many of you can attest to I’m sure, what a pain that is…many today call a house prepared a genuine Christmas miracle! But that’s not a miracle at all, especially when we try to wrap our minds around what we celebrate today- God becoming man, the Word made flesh! That is something to ponder, that is something to think about- and then to cap it off by knowing that that birth of Jesus was about us! Wow! God help us think about that today- and always! The miracle of the Word made flesh!
Our text again from the Gospel of John: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was 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 life 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, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the 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.
God made flesh. Hmph, seems pretty simple, right?! Yeah. Sure. This past week at school we spent time talking about all that went in to the promise fulfilled, and boy, the students went nuts! I asked them a simple question, “Thinking about even some of the prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah, what all needed to be, and what all needed to happen in the course of 9 months in order for God to keep His Word?” Think about it yourself (and now I’ll share with you some answers:)
- – The virgin will be with child (Isaiah 7:14)
- – Of the line of David (All OT from David on!)
- – Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
- – Oppressive government (Isaiah 9:6)
And those that happened in the short period of time after…
- – Voices crying out in Ramah (Jeremiah 31:15)
- – Out of Egypt I have called my son (Hosea 11:1)
All in the course of 9 months! That’s a miracle in and of itself!! But after following Jesus for 3 years, after seeing him changed to become like lightning, after hearing him call out for Lazarus, and see him actually listen, after being at the foot of the cross, and running to the empty tomb of Easter joy- John knew what Christmas meant.
He may not have fully grasped it as he walked with Jesus, but by the time he sat down and wrote this gospel- God’s plan was completely laid out before him- God made flesh, the Savior of the world coming to us- so that he could do the impossible- pay for our sins- and that’s one thing we know will always be plenty to go around! I think about one other line in here- He came to that which was his own- human beings- but his own did not receive him!
That’s about like a 7 year old child not wanting a Christmas present, right?!
It just blows my mind today that people actually don’t celebrate Christ at Christmas! There is no one else that came to us like Christ. There is no one else that offers the peace of Christ! There is no one else who was willing to come down, live a life of love and then sacrifice that love for us than Christ! Pop a clue people! Christmas means something!
This miracle meant something to John- it meant that he was God’s child! Born not of natural descent, nor of a human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God! This is the glory of God! This is truth and this is grace- Jesus came and took on flesh to show you how much he loves you! And it means something today too!
I don’t know when you open your gifts- Christmas Eve or Christmas Day- but this one is already opened for you- Jesus your Savior has made you God’s child! Jesus your Savior was not just born to live here among us, he was born to die here for us! For you! This Christmas miracle is not just the Word made flesh- it’s remembering that this Word gave up everything to give you a truly very merry Christmas- the merriest, joy-filled Christmas of all! But he’s made Christmas every day! Please, make it that way for you and your life too!
Stop forgetting about your Savior! Stop forgetting about his life and death and resurrection- stop forgetting that you are God’s child! And get working on that! He paid a large price for you to be his gift, don’t take Christmas and the other 364 days that surround it for granted! Get to work! Share the message of Christmas! Be the shepherds- and the angels! Celebrate, share the good news of great joy for all people! Today, we celebrate the miracle of the Word made flesh! May God lead you now and always to do just that, fellow children of Christ, fellow followers of the Lamb, the Word made flesh, our Savior Christ the Lord! O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him- Christ the Lord! Amen!