Merry Christmas Forever

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…”

star of bethlehem

John 1:1-18

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.

Merry Christmas Forever!

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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46 Responses to Merry Christmas Forever

  1. Amen, Mitch! Merry Christmas! P.S. I watched the beginning of Notzilla the other day, so funny! Looking forward to watching Healing River over Christmas break too! God bless you and your family!

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    Merry Christmas Forever to you and yours, Mitch. I love the John version of the Christmas story.

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  3. Dora says:

    There is no more powerful a story, and we’re in it! Merry Christmas, Mitch, to you and your family!

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  4. Merry Christmas Mitch most welcome words today Christmas Day. Blessings

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  5. Love Alone says:

    Reblogged this on Love and Love Alone.

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  6. Merry Christmas Mitch! Wishing you much joy today and in the new year.

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  7. And there it is! Beautiful! Merry Christmas, Mitch, to you and yours!

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  8. Merry Christmas Forever, Mitch!

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  9. Gersom Clark says:

    Merry CHRISTmas Mitch! GOD bless you and your family!

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  10. Merry Christmas Mitch!

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  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  12. gpavants says:

    Mitch,

    Merry Christmas is all year and forever.

    Thank you,

    Gary

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  13. Wishing you a blessed New Year, Mitch.

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  14. Carla says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Mitch. Merry Christmas forever!

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  15. Ann Coleman says:

    Merry Christmas, Mitch! Merry Christmas forever indeed!

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