Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas: Receiving the Word Made Flesh

But as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)
Jesus is the Word who was in the beginning, who is with God , and who IS God (John 1:1). He is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among (v. 14). In Him is light and life, more than enough for every human being who has come into the world.

But not all are willing to receive Him. Some love darkness rather than life, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). The light shines in the darkness and overcomes it, and cannot ever be overcome by it. Many of Jesus’ own people did not receive Him, though He came expressly as their long-promised Messiah.

Even so, there have been many more who have continued to receive Him, and the grace of God is so abundant and rich that, all who have and do receive Him have the right to become children of God, for the Word, the only begotten Son of God has declared the Father to us (John 1:18). All who know Jesus may behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Have you received the Word made flesh and become a child of God? Have you beheld the glory, grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ? That is what Christmas is all about.