The Beginning

Scripture Reading
John 1:1, 14

Devotion
Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning. He was and is God. Before the manger, before the cross, before anything, Jesus was and is. Jesus created the earth before He came to earth! Jesus created man before he became a man! We usually see Jesus as man or as God. Rarely are we able to understand completely how He is both at once. Christmas is about the merging of God and man. It is the beginning of the culmination of salvation.
Then this infinite God-man came to earth where his own people rejected him. He came to make a way for us to know Him— a way for man to know God. John records that they were with Him. They saw Him and He was full of grace and truth!
The “Message” translation of John 1:14 reads: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”
I like that: Jesus moved into our neighborhood!

Questions
• Is it harder to see Jesus as human or as God?
• Why do you think that is?
• What do you envision when you see grace and truth?

Prayer
Dear Jesus, Help us to see your truth and receive your grace this Christmas. Amen.

Carol
“O Come, All ye Faithful”

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