Today we begin a Christmas blog series, but don’t worry. We won’t be talking about shepherds, mangers, and a pregnant woman taking a long trip on a short donkey.
Our series is a study from the Book of 1st John. And yes, this is the same John who wrote the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation.
I think the other gospel writers acted sort of like reporters. They told us what happened at the birth of Jesus.
Matthew wrote; “The birth of Jesus took place in this way,” and he unpacked the details. Luke began with; “I thought it’d be a good idea to write an orderly account, so you know what has been told is true.”
And they wrote the stories they heard from others because none of them were at Jesus birth. They wrote about angelic visitors, wicked rulers and two common people chosen by God for an uncommon task.
But John wasn’t much like a reporter. He was more like a mystic. John told us why Jesus birth happened; why He came, and why it mattered.
When John shares the story of Jesus, He doesn’t take us to the manger. He takes us to the beginning. I mean, the very beginning, to eternity past, to a time before our world, our universe existed.
Going all the way back, John writes, In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it (John 1:1-5 GW).
So, go with me on a journey in my upcoming blogs over the next few weeks, as we see Christmas through the eyes of John.