Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Word Has Come (John 1:1-18)

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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

John 1:1-18 (ESV)

Manger at Sts Peter & Paul's Church - Norwich, CT

The Word has come,
that we might understand the promise.
all this is offered
in a single breath of the Father.

God offers Himself,
the source of life.
He brings light
into the darkness
and dares the shadows
to defuse His word.

The Word has come
to those who will listen,
be they
or retched.
All are called to witness
the spoken covenant
made flesh.

The babe is comforted
in the arms of His mother.
He is
as any other infant,
to the world He created.

Rachel will mourn
the loss of her children.
A puppet king
will cherish power,
but for now
in the silent night,
the Word has come
with an infant's cry.

copyright 2016 - Donald P James Jr   

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