The Gift

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

From how John 1:1-18 tells the story of Jesus’ birth, he seems to know next to nothing about angels or shepherds, stars or magi.  As someone once said, he doesn’t appear even to know the name of Jesus’ mother!  Why, then, is this particular reading so important on Christmas Eve?  Because it complements the usual nativity story so well by answering what I want to call the 5 “W” questions about Christmas.

What is this gift of Christmas? It is the very Word of God that became flesh to dwell among us (1:1-3, 14).

Why is this gift so important? It is God’s true light that gives light to the darkness of the world (1:4-9).

Who is this gift for? Everyone, of course, but not everyone will accept this gift; those who do, become children of God (1:10-13).

Where and when is this gift received? Right here among us on this Christmas day as God With Us (1:1-14).

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas of yet again receiving the ultimate Gift!


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