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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Let’s Get Theological

December 30

(John 1:1-5 NIV)  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} He was with God in the beginning. {3} Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. {4} In him was life, and that life was the light of men. {5} The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."

Now that the gifts have all been opened and the fridge is full of leftovers, maybe it’s time to sit down and ask, “What just happened anyway? What was this whirlwind holiday all about?” Many people never get around to doing this. We scramble through the run up to Christmas with all its hustle and bustle. We warm ourselves in the nostalgia, and in family and friends. But we seldom take time to meditate on the significance of the event itself. John takes the Nativity out of the realm of romantic narrative, and puts it into the world of theology. He opens his gospel with his own version of the Nativity, wrapped in poetic language. He says, “God and Jesus are eternal, and equal. Christ is the Creator and Sustainer. Jesus is the light of the world. And for the most part, man has chosen to walk in darkness.” These are the core truths of John’s Christmas story. Embrace them. Embrace the Light. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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