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Lessons & Carols: Lesson 4

Andy Ott (Director of Communications & Technology)

Lesson 2: John 1:1-5

In the beginning the Word already existed.

    The Word was with God,

    and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him,

    and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created,

    and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness,

    and the darkness can never extinguish it.

In our final lesson for Christmas Eve, we have come full circle. We began our Advent series with “He Is With Us”. Now a short 26 days later, we have an opportunity to celebrate the fulfillment of all of the promises that have pointed to the birth of our King. God’s plan for buying back His creation began just after the Fall. He then made promises to Abraham, David, and the Old Testament prophets. And now, here in John we find that all of those promises were made and were fulfilled by the Eternal One – God Himself.

As we celebrate this evening the first coming of our Savior, we close out our devotional series reminded that He is the great and eternal one. “In the beginning the Word already existed.” He has no beginning. “He existed in the beginning with God.” He is the uncreated Creator. “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

Just a few days ago we looked at Genesis 3 and God’s curse on the serpent and His promise to Adam and Eve. Even after they had grievously sinned against their Creator, He promised them and their offspring a way back into relationship with Himself. In Jesus, we see the fulfillment of that promise. God’s promise was fulfilled not just by a perfect sacrifice, but by the perfect sacrifice of God Himself – Jesus.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. Jesus is the first-born among all creation (Col. 1:15). He laid down His power to become a child – to fully experience the human condition. In the moment that Jesus became fully human, He gave Man and Woman the opportunity to be born again with a new life – one breathed by the Spirit of God. The Author of the Redemption story had made Himself the Hero.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” When Jesus broke into human history, He came into a dark world ravaged by sin. As light pierces a dark night, Jesus’ perfection slashed through the bleak depravity of the human condition. And though He would die a sinner’s death on our behalf, the darkness could not extinguish Him. He has no end.

Just as the shepherds and the wise men did at His birth, we have a chance to celebrate by bowing low and worshiping Him this Christmas. With our hearts and postures right, we can celebrate His first coming in reverence and with great joy. And with greater joy, we can rest in His promises that He is coming again. And while we wait, we do so with great expectation that when He returns there will be no end to His kingdom. We can then say with great exuberance: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!”

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