Going Deeper 01.01.2021

The Gospel reading for the second Sunday of Christmas... John 1:6-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

The term “prologue” comes from the Greek logos, meaning “word” but connoting “speech” or “study,” and the prefix pro, meaning “before.”  Logos/"Word" becomes an important concept in the content of John’s prologue.  The creative "Word" which was present and powerful "In the beginning" has come into the world to do some more creating.  The present and powerful "Word became flesh and lived among us" in order to create a new relationship between us and God-- the relationship of a child to his/her Abba Father.  

Another creating brought about by "God the only Son" was of a new and superior understanding of God.  If we want to truly understand our Father's heart, we look to Jesus, "who has made him known."  The darkness of confusion gives way to "the light" of "grace and truth."

As we move into this new year, and bring to conclusion a difficult, confusing, and rather frightening old year, we do well to resolve to be drawn closer to this Word, Light, Son.  The creative power is still at work and desires to be invited more fully into our hearts, minds, and spirits, shattering the darkness and revealing the healing power of His love and grace.  I urge us all to devote ourselves more completely to those things through which the Light works and is revealed-- worship, service, Bible study, contemplation, and prayer.

Let's keep growing together!!

With You in His Light,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"