Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Cosmic Significance of Jesus' Birth (John 1: 1-14)

I remember sitting with my infant children in the wee hours of the morning and found myself pondering. I pondered the enormous responsibility of caring for a child. I pondered the smallness of each human being in the scope of the universe. John's gospel does not tell a birth story like Matthew or Luke (Mark doesn't even reference the beginning of Jesus' life), but John does place Jesus in a cosmic frame, "In the beginning." This statement calls to mind the introduction to Genesis. John does not completely dwell in the cosmos to tell readers and hearers about Jesus, but moves into the stuff of earth throughout the book. Jesus does not wave his hand to magically make things happen, but brings about redemption using dirt, mud, bread, wine and eventually his own blood. Jesus is significant in the cosmos, but also tangible and real. This is not often the Christmas story of a child's book, but John helps us to look into the heavens and know that God is passionate for you and faithful to you.

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