In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
God is with us. God chose, by his infinite love and grace, to be with us. The God who has made all things, made his dwelling with us.
He is light and life to us. The light shines in the darkness.
Jesus, whose birth we commemorate is God’s light in our world. He is God incarnated for us.
Christmas is not just a quaint story, worthy of hallmark. It is a revolution. It is God bringing his goodness to overcome the darkness mankind created. Christmas- the appearing or coming of the Christ, the Messiah, reorders the world.
Christmas is good news of great for all people. A Saviour is born- Christ the Lord.
Our Christmas celebrations, full of feasting, singing, joy, family, presents can be heartwarming and genuinely beautiful, but these are nothing compared with the glory of God revealed to us in the Christ child.
Israel longed and hoped for the coming of Messiah, for ransom from captivity, for the great work of God in history, and we have seen it. We have seen his Holy Light.
So tonight we celebrate that glorious moment when God gifted us with his Son. That wonderful glorious night when a light appeared in the darkness. That Holy Night, when Christ was born.