Christmas in a Word

Part Seven of the Christmas in a Word Series


“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:10-13)

The eternal Son of God came into the world as a child to die for us that we might become children of God by believing on his name. Thirty-three years after his birth, Jesus died on the cross. Yet not even death could silence him. He rose again and ascended into heaven. One day he will return again. At his second coming he will come not as a helpless baby, but as the conquering king, ready to judge the world and redeem his people.

The closing chapters of Revelation describe his return in this way. The apostle John writes: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13)

You see, the story of Christmas begins and ends in a word. Not a word, but the Word – the living, eternal Word of God made flesh.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3,14)

That is the wonder, that is the majesty and joy of Christmas – the Word of God made flesh for the salvation of all who believe. Christmas in a word, is Jesus.

This concludes the Christmas in a Word devotional series. If you enjoyed these posts, consider sharing them with others. You can click here for a listing of all the posts in the series. God bless, and Merry Christmas!

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