Thursday, December 19, 2013

Home for Christmas? 19

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us

The central and most wonderful claim of Christian faith is that, somehow, in Jesus, God became present and visible in the world. It does not claim that God was not in his world before Jesus, but that he revealed God's presence in a new way which transformed the lives of those who encountered Jesus. They realised that even in a carpenter from Nazareth, even on the cross, God was present. 

John 1.1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

  • As you go through this day (or look back on this day) be aware of the "holy moments" within it -the moments when there was an opportunity to love and be loved, moments when there were chances of healing and reconciliation. Where will you find God (or did you find God) in this day?

Joan Osborne's song, "What if God was one of us?" asks a question which Christians would want to answer with the words "He was, and he is"
Whoever we are and whatever our lives are like God is with us. We are not alone. 

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