Jesus is the central character of the Bible. You could say that the theme of the Old Testament is “Jesus Concealed” as we read about the need the “Christ” (or “Anointed One”), who would come and give hope to the world. And, you could also say that the theme of the New Testament is “Jesus Revealed,” as we read all the stories of what the Lord did and taught, culminating in His death on the Cross to pay for our sins, and His resurrection from the grave. And in the light of this Good News, we are encouraged to receive Christ as our savior and Lord in order to be forgiven, saved, and transformed.
The Apostle John introduces us to Jesus in a powerful way in his account in the Bible, known as the Gospel of John. Jesus is presented as fully man, yet also fully God. So, rejoice in wonder as you read our scripture passage below. What a joy this Christmas season to know that God came to save us!
(John 1:1-14) 1 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 all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 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.