Merry Christmas (2015)
What do I say about Jesus Christ
whose Incarnation we celebrate every year at this time?
Nothing that hasn’t already been said or written, (but I can paraphrase)
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
(He existed before He came into the world.)
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by Him;
and without Him was not anything made that was made.
(He created all things.)
In Him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
(All life temporal and eternal is based on Him.)
And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not.
(He provides light so that the truth may be known,
but we chose darkness over light.)
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through Him might believe.
He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
(John the Baptist gave witness so that we might believe.)
That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world was made by Him,
and the world knew Him not.
(Any truth known by us is provided by Him,
but we do not acknowledge Him as He is deserving.)
He came unto his own,
and his own received Him not.
(He came to His chosen people in Israel,
but they did not recognize Him as the Creator or as their Lord God.)
But as many as received Him,
to them gave He power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
(Those who welcome and embrace Him for who He is,
are given the ability to be the children of God.
The ability to welcome and embrace Him
is not due to our heritage,
our own decision, or the decision of another,
but the ability is given by God.)
And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.
(The pre-existing God become flesh,
lived among us, and His glory was seen,
that is, the glory of one uniquely begotten,
full of the favor of God and the truth.)