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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
December 7, 2014
Central Passage
John 1:1-14
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

Brief Commentary by David Lose - www.workingpreacher.org

Data Source: (https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=857)

"To get at the significance of John's poetic witness to the Word, we might be well served by employing some of the questions of journalism, sometimes known as the "five W's."

What? That is, what's happening? Jesus, according to John, has been a part of creation from the very beginning. What occurs now is that God's eternal Word -- God's Reason, Order, and very Being -- is coming down to earth to take on human flesh. This is the not first time God has "gotten involved" in human history, of course. God has been at work in the world through covenant, law, judges, kings, and prophets. Yet now God is getting more personally involved, as the very Word of God takes on human flesh and dwells -- literally, "tabernacles" -- with us in our own human form.

Why? Because the world that has fallen into darkness needs light! And so God comes prepared to struggle, light against darkness, day against night. That struggle is captured in the future perfect of John's grammatical construction, rendering verse 5: "The light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

Who? Or, better, who is affected by this? All of us, as new creation means new possibility for everyone! Even though many, including many who were close to him, did not recognize in Jesus what God was accomplishing, all those who do recognize and receive him are invited to become God's own children. Note the freedom John imbues this invitation with: Children born not of blood (we will not be subject to the frailties of human flesh forever), or of the will of the flesh (we are more than our desires), or of the will of humans (we will not always be subject to whim and will of others). Rather, we are children of God, restored to God's intention in creation.

Where and when? Not just in a manger long ago, but here, today, now! Perhaps this is why John gives such scant attention to the details of Jesus' birth. He is, ultimately more interested in our birth, our new birth as children of God. According to John, that is, Christmas is not really Jesus' birthday at all; rather, it is ours. Christmas is, that is, the day we celebrate our birth as children of God, the keeping of all God's promises, and the beginning of the restoration of all creation."

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