December 24 | John 1:1-14
The Greatest Gift
by Mary Alice McGinnis
The lyrics of the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” begs Mary to ponder: "Did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?"
John's gospel begins with such an invitation:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”
In the beginning, when God created the world, He breathed the words, “Let there . . !”
All the Almighty God had to do was breathe out the essence of who He is – His WORD – and things came into being!
Jesus, IS this WORD. Jesus (pre-incarnate) was WITH God and WAS God.
Yet the purpose and plan for the WORD of God was not just to create the world, set it all into motion, and then become distant. No! God wanted MORE!
That was just the beginning of the unfolding of God’s greatest gift of all.
Throughout the Old Testament, God showed how much He desired to be with His people. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, he was told, “No one can see the face of God and live.”