It is amazing how Christmas always remains a most special and sacred time of year. No matter how familiar the songs, or the words of the story may be, Christmas always holds something new.
At the start of the Advent season, I turned to read the familiar story in each of the Gospels. Have you ever noticed how differently each one begins?
Matthew presents to us the genealogy of Jesus. Mark starts with the ministry of John the Baptist and moves onto the baptism of Jesus. Luke, gives us many of the historical details of that time and the annunciation of Jesus’ birth.
But John …
John takes us back to the beginning. The beginning of creation and recorded time. He reminds us Jesus was there in the beginning. In fact, He was the logos, the spoken word of creation.
He tells us Jesus was the Light which came into the darkness and is still shining today, for He is the Light of the world.
“In God’s story, the Light of the World came to be, and as a result, nothing will ever be the same.”
(from The Advent Narrative by Mary Geisen, page 4)
And John tells us of the day Jesus became flesh …
“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, NASB)
The Word had come to the earth, dwelt among us to bring salvation, grace, and truth.
Yet this was just the beginning for Advent comes around every year, reminding us to wait, to quiet ourselves, and to prepare for His arrival.
As we put up our trees, hang the lights and stockings, wrap gifts for our loved ones, and bake, we find ourselves pulled the One whose birth we will celebrate.
Advent prepares us for the arrival of Jesus birth, and yet more so, prepares us for His coming again. In the quietness of the wait, we are reminded there is yet more to come.
“Becoming an Advent people begins where creation begins. It is understanding God’s love for all people; living in the time between the birth of Jesus and His coming again; and embracing the Good News as just that – Good News!”
(from The Advent Narrative by Mary Geisen, page 6)
The Gospel of John reminds us Jesus was with us from the very beginning; and will be with us always. He reminds us of the grace and truth which burst into our world from the start.
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17, NASB)
Yes, Jesus came and is coming again,
And the world will never be the same!
Joan Davis shared a beautiful post full of hope. “When we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed.’ Read her post, “The Gift of Hope” HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.