John 1: 1-13
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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Matthew gives us the legal line of Jesus down to Joseph who in modern parlance adopted him by marrying his mother and become the father/male figure in his growing up. Mark jumps in with Jesus beginning his Ministry as the Son of God. Luke looks at it from Mary’s view point. John says, or so it seems to me says, but put it in context. This Christmas story is about God stepping out from Eternity and spending time amongst His creation. John gives him the name ‘word’, I presume because God is now talking mouth to ear with people as he lives among them. John the one who was to run before Jesus does and ends up introducing him onto the page of history as he acknowledges his own unworthiness to even undo Jesus’ shoe-laces. Rejected by most Jesus gave the right to those who did come to him in belief to become the children of God! Tough stuff to wrap your mind around, but as I’ve read on I’m convinced that it is true truth. True truth of which we see so little these days.
Prayer: I want to be on your side Jesus of Christmas.