Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Advent Reflections: Christmas Eve



Love

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

John 1:14



Reflection
 
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Take a few seconds and enjoy the silence of this moment. Christmas Eve is finally here. Take a deep breath and rest in the truth of these words of John 1:14. Imagine the essential meaning and implications of this verse. The God of the universe and all that exists came to earth; not by obligation, not by universal mandate, but because of the depth of his eternal love for us. So much so that he was willing to leave the perfection of heaven, and in divine condescension, became man in order to live among us. The God of all created things, cloaked in the vessel of an infant child, all the while never losing His divinity, came to us. The perfect, living among the imperfect. God and man. Complete in both substance and essence. 

 I've always thought that Christmas Eve just seems to have a magical feel to it. Almost a “real time” sense, as if the events that transpired are about to happen for the first time; and in a sense perhaps they are. In Christ, all things are made new each day, as well as each year. The reality of the incarnation is just as true today as it was over 2000 years ago. And as our time together comes to a close, let us carry that with us beyond the Christmas Season. As we reflect over the last month of Advent, let us not think of Christmas Eve as the end of our journey, but the beginning. Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. All things new. Beginnings.

Emmanuel, God with us! He was with us. He is with us. He will be with us. Christ has come. Advent.

Prayer

Lord, today we celebrate the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ. As we come to the ending of our Advent journey, we do so with hearts filled with hope, peace, joy and love. To you we give you all praise and worship. Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

Amen