Sunday, 12 February 2012

12th February 2012 John 1:1-14

The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.   The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  The 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.

This is such a powerful passage of the Bible, one which we heard at Christmas and one which are lucky enough to encounter again this week.  This Sunday the lectionary is focussing on Creation and of course this passage from John starts right there.................. in the beginning.
It is easy to think about Jesus arriving at his birth, or maybe when Mary was made pregnant by God; but this passage reminds us that:
Jesus was in the beginning with God, at the start of everything.
Through Jesus everything was made, he was the creator and is the creator.  His life on earth was no where near the start, it was a period in the middle of an eternal life.
Jesus we celebrate in your life, ministry and word and often forget of your creative purpose, thank you for the reminder that you were, are and will be forever.  Amen.

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