“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory”.
Jn 1:14 EHP
Today we enjoy the beauty of the Christmas story. The birth of a baby – any baby – is the most wonderful event in the world. The birth of Jesus is the greatest birth the world ever witnessed.
The Word, the self-expression of the God who was there before and in creation, came to light as the tiny fingers of a little child, the cry and the gurgle of a human infant. His birth in Bethlehem, a flesh and blood place on planet earth, marked God’s move “into the neighbourhood”. From this day on, God Almighty is everyone’s neighbour. The original word which Eugene Peterson has translated “moved into the neighbourhood” is the verbal form of the noun “tabernacle” or “pitch a tent”. It means to make a temporary sojourn or stopover. All of our Lord’s life on earth was a temporary stopover. So is ours. His earthly life, from Bethlehem to Nazareth to Jerusalem and to the ascension was a journey within our neighbourhood. But every spot he touched he touched with the mark of eternity. And by becoming part of our neighbourhood he gave us a toehold in eternity as well. The glory we saw – with our flesh-and-blood eyes – was God’s own glory. It was not the far-away glory of another world, but the glory that itself became complete and perfect in those tiny finger-nails in the crib of Bethlehem.
All creation and all humanity is present in that birth. But he came that we might have another birth – a second birth into his family, into his likeness and into his glory.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord Jesus Christ, be born in us today.