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What it all meant

December 27, 2021

Daily Scripture

John 1:1-5

John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
4 through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

Daily Reflection & Prayer

When John wrote Jesus’ story, he focused on the event’s profound spiritual meaning rather than on the physical facts of Jesus’ birth. Yet the key elements came through in John as much as in Matthew and Luke. In Matthew, the magi followed a star in the darkness (Matthew 2:10). In Luke, the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds at night (Luke 2:9). John described Jesus’ coming with the words, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

  • “In the beginning,” in any language, carries us back to mysterious realms of which even today’s science is just scratching the surface. John didn’t say the Word “began” in the beginning; he said the Word “was.” That meant Jesus has always been here, and will always be here. He is eternal; he is God. In what ways does it matter to your faith that Jesus is more than just a good man?
  • John’s prologue daringly linked Greek and Hebrew thought. Greek philosophers said “the Word” (Greek logos) was “the divine reason that orders the universe.”* The Hebrew Bible’s first three words were “in the beginning,” and said God spoke everything into being. John chose words and ideas to draw cultures and world views closer, not pitted against each other. Do you believe that continues to be part of the mission of Christ followers, at their best, as they live in Jesus’ power?

Lord Jesus, you came to earth, not just for some small subset of humanity, but aiming to restore and uplift your entire creation. Help me play my humble part in that vast, saving mission. Amen.

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* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Location 239424). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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Today’s Insights blog was chapter 27, “The Light of the World,” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.