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December 20th: Eternally Jesus



Daily Scripture Reading: John 1:1-5, 18


Eternally Jesus

In the bustling celebration of Christmas, amid the twinkling lights and joyous carols, it's essential to pause and reflect on the profound significance of this season. John 1:1-5, 18 unveils the heart of Christmas, inviting us to gaze upon the eternal Word made flesh (emphasis on the eternal).

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). Before the manger, before the angels' proclamation, there existed the eternal Word—Jesus Christ. He was not merely a part of creation but the very essence of God Himself. As we exchange gifts and share love during this season, let us remember the greatest gift of all—God's Word taking on human form to dwell among us.


"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5). Christmas is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. The world, burdened by sin, yearned for illumination. Jesus, the Incarnate Light, pierced through the spiritual darkness, offering hope, redemption, and eternal life. Just as a single candle dispels the shadows, Christ's presence in our lives dispels the darkness of sin, despair, and hopelessness.


"No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known" (John 1:18). The mystery of God, hidden for ages, was revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. The infant in the manger was the manifestation of God's love, mercy, and grace. In Christ, we see the fullness of God, a God who desires relationship, who humbled Himself to draw near to us.


Christmas is not merely a sentimental celebration but a profound revelation of God's character and His plan for redemption. It is a reminder that, in Jesus, we find the bridge between the divine and the human. As we exchange gifts, let us remember the ultimate gift of God—His Son, our Savior.


Questions:

  1. Jesus existed before the birth of Jesus. But Jesus’ birth was God taking on human flesh. What does that vulnerability from God mean to you?

  2. How does God’s ultimate gift of His Son change how you look at possible presents under the tree?

  3. Where do you find comfort in the acknowledgement that Jesus existed before Christmas and continues to exist after Easter?

Daily Prayer:

Gracious God, this Christmas, let the light of Christ permeate every corner of our life. As we gather with loved ones, remind us that the truest joy comes not from the presents under the tree but from the presence of Immanuel—God with us. May the Incarnate Light shine brightly in your heart, dispelling the darkness and filling you with the warmth of God's love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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