The Fourth Reading of Christmas

[Confused what this is? See our introductory post here and check out the first three readings]

John 1:1-1-5, 10-14

The Word Made Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 

 

The Fourth Meditation

Some Christian theologians speak of “two incarnations.” The first was God’s word in Genesis becoming our creation. God’s word took on the flesh of God’s creation and humanity, who bear the particular image of God. The second incarnation was the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah, who was fully human and fully God—The Word of God, the Divine logic, the Divine Way of God, the second person of the Trinity, whom we call the “Son,” became flesh and lived among us. The birth of Jesus confirmed the cosmic reality of what God had been doing all along. Spirit and matter have always been one. God has always been with humanity. But we separated. We separated ourselves from God. We separated matter from spirit. God re-membered all of creation to all of Godself in and through Christ.

As the brightest moment of this Christmas Day approaches, may we see this light of the cosmic Christ—the Word made flesh that holds all things together and is reconciling all things to God. What is true in us, is true in the creation, is true in community, is true in all humanity. God has come and is with us. May we recognize the light that cannot be overcome by darkness. And continue in hope for when that light will vanquish all darkness.

 

When have you moved from hope to knowing? When have you experienced God’s presence in all things?

Dwell in the way you are connected to all of God’s creation. Dwell in the way you are connected to God—the God who in Christ by the power of the Spirit in within you and outside of you, holding you and all things together, reconciling you and all things to Godself.