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Advent Readings: Day 25

For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!

John 1:1 - 18

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

A few comments

The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us’ (14). This was no state visit – in Jesus Christ, God has come to live with us. He came down to join us and to bring us home to him. And what did we learn when God tore open the fabric of the physical universe and came down to us? We found him to be ‘full of grace and truth.’ At the very core of his being, he is grace – he acts towards us with rich, generous, undeserved kindness. If you cut him, he bled grace. Quite literally on the cross. He is also full of truth – everything that it is possible for us to know about God in this life, is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Of course in eternity our knowledge of God will be far richer. But it will not be different from what we find in Jesus, just deeper.

Point for Prayer

Find somewhere quiet today and read this passage a few times, chewing over and praying through its rich, profound truths.

Merry Christmas!