Each year during the Christmas season, we pause to reflect on the Advent of the Christ. We gaze in wonder at the Nativity scene featuring Mary and Joseph and the lowly shepherds. We collectively attempt to fathom the depths of the mercy and grace of God in sending His only Son for the purpose of “seeking and saving that which was lost.”
Still, the Nativities come and go, and naturally, another year will go by without much thought to this historic act of love and redemption that literally divided time from B.C. to A.D. When my family and church family consider the Christ of Christmas, we believe the Bible provides a much grander view of Jesus Christ.
The apostle, John, who walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry and who wrote to Jews and Gentiles, began his Gospel by harkening back to Genesis 1. Listen to John 1:1-4 — “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 all mankind.”
According to John 1:14, the Word is Jesus, God made flesh. Jesus is so much greater than simply a baby in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. Jesus is the eternal God who has existed since the beginning. He is the divine creative agent and “without him nothing was made.” Jesus is the giver of life that is both eternal and abundant.
As we celebrate together this Christmas, Christians have reason for good tidings of great joy. Jesus has come! The long-awaited Messiah came to our rescue and gave His life for us. Just as He came 2,000 years ago, we trust that He will return for His children. Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace and good will toward men!