The Christmas story has been told many times. And long may it be. Luke’s description of the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago is read by untold millions of people every year. But the Christmas story is bigger than that. Much bigger. And so the Gospel of John starts further back–before time itself. It tells of the Word, God himself, creating all things, breathing life into the human race, and then in the fullness of time entering into the world he’d made in order to redeem it. “For greater love has no man…”
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, and apart from him not one thing that has been made has come into being. For in Him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.
There was a man named John who was sent by God to bear witness to the Light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to bear witness to it.
The true Light that enlightens all people was coming into the world. And he was in the world, and yet, though the world was made through Him, it did not recognize him. Then he came to his own, and his own did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And so the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And we have seen His glory, as of a Father’s only begotten, full of grace and truth.
He was the one of whom John testified, shouting, “He who comes after me is above me because he was before me.”
And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. For no one has ever seen God. But God the only begotten, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.