"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." ~ John 1:14
In the words of the old song, “Our day of joy is here again…” we have entered into that season in the Church Year called Advent, a time of preparation to once again celebrate Christ’s first coming into the world. On the night of His birth, angels surrounded shepherds with the music of heaven; Magi saw a celestial sign and began their pilgrimmage to see Him; and ordinary people slept through the entire drama.
About this event John wrote “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The eternal Speech of God, the One who spoke the word and the world came into being—that Speech became flesh. The Apostle Paul, in rapt wonder declares in Philippians 2 “…though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself…” ultimately going to the cross for our sin. Worth a song, indeed!
In the wonder of the celebration we must be careful not to lose the Gospel. John tells us that the Word was full of grace and truth. In the first chapter of John we read that the entry of the Word into the world was “…light shining in the darkness…” That light is full of grace and truth. God was gracious enough to not count our sins against us, to take the judgment that was rightfully ours. Grace, indeed!
And with Jesus’ coming into the world Truth would confront error; Light would dispel the darkness in a zero-sum game. The presence of light dispels the darkness and the presence of truth confronts error.
While the angel chorus is singing “Glory to God in the highest” and the Magi are making their preparation to journey to see the “King of the Jews” let us not be like the ordinary people of Bethlehem who slept through the drama. Let us join the old song together as we sing, “Our day of joy is here again!”
With deep affection,