Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas 2

All-powerful Father, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to bring the new light of salvation to the world. May He enlighten us with His radiance, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen

The eternal Word of God became flesh in Jesus and believers see the glory of God in Him. John begins His Gospel by putting it in the perspective of eternity. Before Jesus was born, the Word existed and created the universe. In the fullness of time the Word comes in the person of Jesus who brings light and life, truth, grace, and the perfect revelation of God in Jesus Christ. He is the light that lights up everyone in Christ. John the Baptist was only a witness to that light which the darkness of sin cannot extinguish. Those who believe in the Incarnate Word become children of God by the will of God.. Believers receive this power through Him who is full of grace and truth.

The Word is God’s way of communicating to us His truth and grace which constitute the glory of God. There are different functions of the Word. People receive the Word according to their needs and capacity to receive it. In this passage we are three persons in relation to the Word. We can find our need for all three. We see the Word in relation to –

1. Moses – the Word as law – Vs.17

2. Jesus – the Word as truth and grace – Vs.14

3. John the Baptist – the Word witnessed – Vs.7

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