IN THE BEGINNING
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.John 1:1–3
I love to celebrate the mystery we call Christmas. I love the candlelight Christmas Eve Service, I love the Christmas carols, I love the Christmas “smells”, I love the celebration. The thing I love the most of all is the mystery that surrounds Christmas. Over the years I have finally come to the conclusion that the mystical atmosphere of that special day is God. He has put a holy attraction in that day of all days, something about it turns us all into “romantics”. The greatest of all Christmas mysteries is what Paul called “the mystery of Godliness”. The Creator entered into His creation. In Bethlehem, that special day, everything changed. Here is what Martin Luther said about this great mystery.
“John wrote about the majesty and divine nature of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a profound way. John said that Christ, in his divine essence, is the Word of the eternal Father. If the Word existed from the beginning before anything was created, then it must follow that this Word is God. We can easily draw this conclusion: whatever had its existence before the creation of the world must be God, because only the Creator can exist separate from creation. Everything that exists is either Creator or creation— either God or creature. Through John, the Holy Spirit stated that “in the beginning was the Word” and “without him nothing was made that has been made.” For this reason, we can never think of the Word as something created. The Word is eternal. No one can deny or disprove the conclusion that this Word is God.”
John also said, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. God Himself appeared on that first Christmas day. He became one of us. How can we begin to comprehend that, He laid aside His glory and became a man. He did that to come and represent us before the Father. As the angel told Joseph, “He will save His people from their sin”. When the light of this mystery settles into your heart of hearts, it changes everything else. The whole Christmas experience takes on another nature, you actually step out of all the surface level Christmas thing and step into the mystery itself. Sadly, Christmas tends to lose it’s special qualities when you leave your childhood, but now you can step back into that childlike simplicity, that expectation and anticipation of the special day. I’ll never forget those sleepless nights as a child, waiting for Santa. Now I have a different kind of sleeplessness. It’s not about the anticipation of presents, it’s the anticipation of Christ Himself and the unfolding mystery of His incarnation. JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME.