The First Sunday After Christmas

God came in Jesus fully to reveal God’s love and forgiveness to all

  • Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3
  • Psalm 147
  • Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7
  • John 1:1-18

John’s Prologue poetically tells us that Jesus existed in the beginning with God the Father and was active in creation. He became incarnate and dwelt among us in human flesh. As the source of light and life in the world, he is the one who makes God the Father known to us.

Logos (Greek = “The Word”) gives us the expression of God’s creativity. Jesus as the Logos existed in the beginning with God the Father and was active in creation. Jesus was with God, and all things came into being through him. We profess this as core to our faith each week as we recite the Nicene Creed together during worship.

With the birth of Christ, God did a new thing. Frederick Buechner called it the “scandal of the crib.” God did not engage with creation as in past generations – through tablets of stone given to Moses, or an angel appearing to Abraham, in a cloud by day or a pillar of fire by night to the Israelites, or in a dream. God came in flesh and blood – in the innocence of a child who was dependent on a mother and father to care for him.

You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153

Questions for individual or group reflection:

  • The opening verses of the Gospel passage focus on the creative power of the Word. How do you see the Word’s creative activity in the world today?
  • What do we learn about God the Father? What is the relationship between God and Jesus? (Review an Outline of the Faith, p.
  • According to our reading from Galatians, how do we become adopted as God’s children? What does it mean to you that you are a child of God?
  • Paul states (verse 16) that we have all received “grace upon grace.” How would you define “grace”? How have you experienced grace in your own life?
Artwork: Ambrogio Lorenzetti,  “Madonna” (1319. Oil on panel) Pinacoteca di Brera. Milan
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About Sharon Ely Pearson

Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated
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