Read the Scripture: John 1:1-5

As he opens his account of the life of Jesus, John begins “in the beginning,” before anything else existed. As John writes these words, decades after Jesus’s time on earth, he has come to realize that the rabbi Jesus, his friend and teacher and master, was not just a man who was born in the ordinary way. In some mysterious way that no one can fully understand, Jesus had existed before he was born, before he was conceived in his mother’s womb, before anything else ever existed, before time itself.

The only word John can use to describe who Jesus was at the beginning is logos, a word that most Bibles translate “Word.” This is not to confuse Jesus (the Word sent to us from God) with Scripture (which is the Word of God). John is telling us that Jesus was the “word” or “mind” that God had given to us.

What has God said to us in Jesus?

·         that even though we fail Him so often, He still loves us

·         that despite our deep and continual rebellion, He would redeem His people

·         that He cares enough to give up His own Son to save us

So if God has said all this to us in Jesus, how must we respond? We must look not to ourselves and our own devices to make things right with God; we must repent not only of our sins but also of all our righteousness, all the things we might trust instead to recommend us before a Holy God: all our good intentions, all our cultivated virtues, all our accumulated good deeds. We must see and acknowledge that none of that matters in our efforts to know God. We “hear” what God has said to us in Jesus by abandoning all our other hopes and hoping only in Christ.

God has “spoken” to us in Jesus; we must “listen” by putting our entire confidence in what God has given us in his Son.  

 

Activity: Sing “What Child is This?”

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;

Come peasant, king to own Him.

The King of Kings salvation brings;

Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise, the song on high,

The Virgin sings her lullaby:

Joy, joy for Christ is born,

The Babe, the Son of Mary!


 

What Child is this, who laid to rest,

On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

Why lies He in such mean estate

Where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,

The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,

The Cross be borne, for me, for you:

Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,

The Babe, the Son of Mary!