December 25 – Jesse Tree Story Day 26
MERRY CHRISTMAS! What a perfect day to curl up in God’s presence and bask in His love and light! For God loved you and me so much that He gave us His one and only Son (John 3:16)! Not to keep to ourselves but to share His love and light with our families, our friends, with everyone who needs to know Jesus. It’s the greatest gift in the whole world, and we celebrate it today. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Glory to God in the highest!
READ: John 1:1-18
Much of John’s gospel dives into the foundation for our faith. This is especially true of our reading today.
Let’s start 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” (John 1:1-2). Quick, what other book of the Bible starts with the same three words (Hint: from Day 2 of our reading)? I think John is purposely writing it this way, knowing that his readers will also likely see the connection to the beginning of time so that we can know something very important to our Christian faith.
But who is “the Word”? Check vs. 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” That’s what we are celebrating today—God putting on skin and bones so that He could be with us here on earth. I researched this a bit and found that “the Word” is translated from the Greek “Logos” which was a term familiarly used at this time to describe a bridge between God and humans. That is Jesus! He is our bridge, or our ladder from Day 7 of our reading. Put all of this together and we can understand that the little baby whose birth Christmas is all about is One and the same with God, and as such, Jesus has been around since the beginning. How does this view of God and Jesus as One in the same differ from the perspective of Father and Son that we typically take as we read about Jesus’ life?
From Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: “This Baby is the One the whole epic story of the universe, the tale of the greatest rescue, has been leading up to. He’s finally coming to save His children from the badness and selfishness and sinfulness that held them captive to the darkness.” All of that Old Testament muck and yuck and do-overs from sin taking over was preparing the hearts of humans to embrace a Savior for our sins. This was God’s plan since the beginning.
How else is Jesus described in today’s reading? All of this waiting and preparing we’ve been doing to celebrate the birth of Jesus today, but it’s so important to realize that it doesn’t end with Jesus’ birth. The best part is yet to come! That’s why I’m so excited to announce our next Discover One Thing Online Bible Study will be on the life of Jesus, reading chronologically through the four gospels from January 1st to Good Friday on April 3rd.
Do you crave to seek more knowledge from God? God will reveal so much to us if we take the time to let Him by drawing close to Him. And God gave us everything we need to know right here in His Word—also a bridge between Him and us. I pray you will continue reading God’s Word daily and spending time with Him so He can grow you into what He fully intended you to be.
Final words of wisdom from Ms. Voskamp: “Christmas isn’t about getting something big and shiny. It’s about God’s doing whatever it takes to be with us–and our doing whatever it takes to be with Him.”
You love me so much that You came to earth embodied in Jesus to be with me.
Thank You for this beautiful Christmas day! Thank You for my husband and my kids to spend it with and Your all-encompassing love that surrounds us as we celebrate. Thank You for my friends who encourage me and show me Your love. Thank You for my family whom we’ll be celebrating with in the coming days. Your blessings are innumerable, and I know that all of it comes from You. Thank You for Your Word and for Your time teaching me every day. And thank You for the gift of Jesus!