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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning… 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… 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.”(John 1:1–14 NIV)

The Word was and is God.  John makes it abundantly clear to his audience who Jesus is.

Jesus is the Word made flesh.  He was there in the beginning.  He was the light that drove away the darkness on the first day of creation and he has now come bringing light to darkness once more.  The birth of God as a baby in Bethlehem is the new beginning, the start of a new creation.

The most exciting part of this new creation is that God is including us!

“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.”(John 1:12–13 NIV)

Anyone can become a child of God.  It doesn’t matter to what family they were born.  By “believing in his name” we can all become new people, reborn as the covenant brothers and sisters of Christ, coheirs with him to all the covenant blessings God is pouring upon His beloved Son.

God is in search of children who will receive Him.  The coming of Christ to the tiny town of Bethlehem was the beginning of something new and incredible, a new Genesis.

“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him.” C. S. Lewis (“The Grand Miracle,” God in the Dock, 80)

From the Blankenship home to yours, Merry Christmas!

The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Gerard van Honthorst.  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Gerard van Honthorst. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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