Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
This first verse of the hymn by Walter Smith pretty much sum up for me the mysterious prologue that we find in the first chapter of John.
It’s mysterious, often a text used at Christmas, though it contains no manger, no baby…none of the other stories that tell us of Jesus first days; for that I am glad. Because while they are important, the birth narratives leave me with a one time event…celebrated since for sure, but it was still a one time event.
John paints the picture for us of a Christ who is eternal, a Christ who has been since the beginning of time. John paints a picture of a God who is limitless in power and time. John paints a picture of a Christ who is continually creating new things, and that is good news.
It is good news because even though there are still many who don’t recognize, understand, or receive him, Christ still creates the opportunity for us to embrace his light and so be called the children of God.
It’s good news because God is invested in the story of his people still to this day, the message is not simply a message for a specific time and place, but also for us today on the brink of 2014, if we allow him Christ will create something new in us.
We too have seen his glory and we too receive grace upon grace. That’s something to celebrate this Christmas and New Year, isn’t it?