The Gospel of John hooks us up with the news of Christ in a different way than the other Gospel writers. This is obvious from the beginning when John begins the story of Jesus with…well…the beginning.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. (John 1:1-3)
This Word (Jesus) is the reason we are here. It was through Jesus that you and I were conceived and created. It was because of Jesus that our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents (and so on) ever existed. No Jesus would mean…no you.
But Jesus wasn’t just with God in the beginning. He was (and is) with us.
The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
So John doesn’t paint the picture of the nativity like Luke does…but I think he emphasizes an important feature of the Christmas story that we often take for granted.
Jesus was the agent of creation. John tells us that it was through Him that creation took place. It was because of Him that we all exist. Now, this agent of creation…God Himself…become flesh.
Now, He doesn’t just become flesh. He is born to a woman by the name of Mary! At some point…He was a fetus….completely dependent upon Mary. Soon…He was an infant…completely dependent upon Mary and Joseph.
The Son of God…Jesus Himself…humbled Himself so much that He entrusted Himself to that care of His own creation! Do you get that? Jesus, who was responsible for the creation of Mary and Joseph…entrusted Himself to their care.
I am not sure if Mary knew the magnitude of her responsibility. She was entrusted with the life of the Son of God. She was entrusted with caring for the well-being of the Messiah! Yet…for 2000 years…things have not changed all that much.
Maybe Christmas is less about celebrating the birth of a child 2000 years ago…but more about embracing the gift that we are entrusted with. The birth of the Messiah! The Son of God has become flesh and made His dwelling among YOU. You are entrusted with the Son of God. You are entrusted with the Savior. You are entrusted with the spirit of Jesus Christ!
The question is…how will you receive this gift? Will you receive it with open arms and welcome the gift? Or…will you set it aside like so many other gifts and neglect that with which you have been entrusted?