“Through him all things were made; without him
nothing was made that has been made”.
Jn 1:3 NIV
By “the Word” John means “the supreme principle in the universe”. “The supreme principle of the universe is not only its bond of unity, but its ground of existence. In other words, only because it is God’s nature to reveal or communicate himself, is there a world at all; everything in it, every single occurrence in time and space, is subject to this controlling fact, that the world exists as the arena of God’s self-revelation. Of course, St John knows that he is stating the religious principle of God’s supremacy, the philosophical principle of ultimate unity, in the way that most of any throws the problem of evil into relief. The reference to “darkness” he will later highlight indicates his awareness of this” (W. Temple, Readings in John’s Gospel, p5/6).
This means that the nature we see around us is part of the universe of which Jesus Christ is Lord. It is not “God the Creator and Jesus the Saviour” as if nature and salvation were two mutually exclusive spheres. In Christ, furthermore, God has incorporated man as “senior steward” over all this natural order. This is particularly acute at this juncture of the world’s history when the threats of global warming and plastic pollution are presenting a challenge to our management of the environment. And these challenges pose questions about our very existence. So, Christmas is not just a nice excuse for an irresponsible venture in escapism. Nor is it merely a beautiful time for families to enjoy a sumptuous feast together. It is a call to Christian believers to address these life-and-death issues. Christ must be central in it all.
Lord, give us the courage to face the crucial issues of the day.