November 29: The Word, The Christ of Christmas

Read John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (Jn. 1:1, 14a).

To return to this “time” of the beginning and this “place” with God is impossible. It’s not just the complexity of time-travel. No, the difficulty is reflected in these two questions:

  1. How do you travel to a time before there was time? You see, God is the Creator of the ages. (See Heb. 1:3.) Since the “beginning” in John 1 predates the very creation of time, can we even speak of it in chronological terms? But somehow, at that beginning, before there was time, the Word existed.
  2. How do you travel to a place where the 3-dimensional universe did not yet exist? It is hard to fathom, but the heavens and the earth had not yet been spoken into existence. Yet, even though terms like “width, length, and depth” were not yet relevant, the Word was “with God.”

Nevertheless, at this “time” that could not yet be measured by clocks or calendars, in the “place” before there was space, the Father existed and “the Word” was with Him. “The Word” was God. “The Word” was responsible for the creation of time and space.

Now, fast-forward to a specific time and place . . . to a Galilean town called Nazareth roughly 2,000 years ago. An angel is speaking to a young, engaged woman. He gives her a verbal birth-announcement. She will have a son. Miraculously, the eternal “Word” would begin to take the shape of a baby growing within her body. As His body developed, “the Word,” this One who is not dependent upon time and space, would enter into and subject Himself to space limitations the size of a womb. And after nine months, “the Word” entered into the very world He created and dwelled among men and women.

Of course, this “Word” is none other than Jesus. What a wonder that He would subordinate Himself to the very limitations of the time, space, and natural laws, that He created. He did it so that we might receive Him and become God’s children!


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