December 25

Christmas Day

John 1:1-14

“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.” vs. 14

There was just something about Jesus! It wasn’t that he had magic powers or was more handsome than anyone else. From the little we know, he was probably quite ordinary, hardly distinguishable from any other Galilean. But some saw something in him–a passion that guided his life–a deep love for people on the edges. They speculated among themselves, hardly able to find words for what they were seeing and hearing, a few thought perhaps he was the long awaited messiah. Later on, long after his death, a second generation believer named John found the words, and described Jesus as the incarnation of the Word of God. What people had been seeing in Jesus was the glory of the invisible God, the Creator of the Universe! The One who had spoken “Let there be Light” in the beginning, had now spoken in Jesus, and through his words believers had experienced grace and heard the truth.

So it’s right for us to hold Jesus in high regard, but that can never be where the story ends. The glory glimpsed in him actually rests in every human heart and is therefore present in the world today. We see it regularly, sometimes in the mirror, always where we experience gracious and unconditional love. The Light is in the world, and darkness can not extinguish it!

Thought for the Day: What do I see in the mirror?

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