The Miracle of Christmas, From the Bible

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God
He was with God in the beginning

All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created

Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men
That light shines in the darkness,
yet the darkness did not overcome it
The true light, who gives light to everyone,
was coming into the world

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities
— all things have been created through Him and for Him
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together
He is the beginning,
the firstborn,
so that He might come to have first place in everything

He was in the world,
and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him
He came to His own,
and His own people did not receive Him
But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
who were born, not of blood,
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man, but of God
The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth

He, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage
Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men

For God loved the world in this way:
He gave His One and Only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him
will not perish but have eternal life
For God did not send His Son into the world
that He might condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him
Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned,
but anyone who does not believe is already condemned,
because he has not believed
in the name of the One and Only Son of God
This, then, is the judgment:
The light has come into the world,
and people loved darkness rather than the light
because their deeds were evil

As it is written:
There is no one righteous, not even one
There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God
All have turned away;
all alike have become useless
There is no one who does what is good, not even one
Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues
Vipers’ venom is under their lips
Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
and the path of peace they have not known
There is no fear of God before their eyes

But God, who is rich in mercy,
because of His great love that He had for us,
sent His Son into the world
that the world might be saved through Him
For while we were still helpless,
at the appointed moment,
Christ died for the ungodly
But God proves His own love for us
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us!
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death
— even to death on a cross

What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He did not even spare His own Son
but offered Him up for us all;
how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

Merry Christmas, reader! With what little time we have left today, let’s remember that when Jesus was born, the impossible happened. God Himself, the sustainer and creator of the universe, became a created human in need of sustenance. Out of completely free and gratutious love He chose to be a human being for us, so that by His life and death we might live and no longer die. God took on humanity to Himself so that God might take in humanity to Himself. The Father came to us through His Spirit in His Son so that we can meet the Father through His Spirit in His Son. With the birth of Jesus, God came down to man and man came up to God. The result was salvation and love of for all people. Truly this is good news of great joy, so be glad!

And if you’re like me, the magnitude of this great news can even have the effect of making you less joyful when you realize you don’t live up to it. You might feel like to God: “Here is where You’re finding me, in the exact same place as New Year’s Eve. And from the lack of my persistence, see, we’re less than half as close as I want to be.” I am there, and so are many others. Praise God that even though we fail and fall, sometimes finding ourselves taking two steps forward and three steps back in one year, through Jesus we have a Mediator and Savior, who keeps us in God’s life even when we would otherwise fall away. Trust in Him, as I’m trying to do.

Merry Christmas to all! Solus Christus!

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