Originally delivered December 24
Joh 1:1 NASB In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
From the very dawn of time, the Father planned it this way.
The Word - the message of the unimaginable God - existed when
time did not.
That Word was with God from before the beginning - from eternity
The Word was God.
How? Who can say. It is the character of God the Father that He
must bring His love to His children; as His character is eternal, so the Word
is eternal. Nor can the Word be apart from the Father; indeed, God is
One, so the Word is one with God.
It sounds so philosophical, as John writes it. But the Father has a
plan to make it clear and plain to His children: the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us.
Think of it: the very essence of God in human flesh.
To meet Him is to meet the Father, for they are One.
His disciples record his life; in particular they record the fact
that they saw Him in the glory He has with the Father. Their eyes saw
He is the only One - the unique, only begotten Son of God.
At Christmas we see His humanity in the manger and His divinity in the angel
chorus. It is a pleasant scene; it's a rare human being who does not love
the sight of a baby. But just as the Word was from the beginning, so the
plan of God was also. This baby grows to be a man, a man with a
purpose: He is the Lamb of God. We see His humanity in the garden;
his divinity on the Cross. That sacrifice was planned before time was;
its beginnings were in a manger at Bethlehem; its ending on the Cross.
Remember that; the baby in the manger came for a purpose - that you and I might