"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:1-4).
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14)."
I have found that Christmas is often a great time to connect and reconnect with friends and family. This past Sunday evening, our home was graced with the presence of several neighbours. Together we enjoyed some great food and good conversations. Life without community would be both empty and sad.
Christmas is the story of Jesus gracing humanity with his presence. . . "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Yet, the magnitude of the Christmas story is not really felt until we first understand that Jesus, from eternity past, first dwelt with God. He stepped out of heaven to dwell with humanity just as the prophet foretold: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)" (Matthew 1:23).
Life without the presence of God would also be empty and sad.