READ : John 1:14-18
And the Word became flesh and lived among us. (v. 14)
Christmas is a wonderful day for most of us. We join family and friends, eat too much, and unwrap gifts. But Christmas is more than remembering to open gifts. This is the day we remember that God sent the decisive word of salvation into the world. On Christmas God speaks, and what he says is “Jesus.” Today we celebrate a day when God “became flesh and lived among us.” There is nothing more dramatic or significant or meaningful in all of history.
Today we remember the predetermined moment when God in Jesus entered our experience by transecting and bisecting the world of time we call history. The first Christmas was a moment in time, but unlike any moment of time that happened before or has happened since. It was a unique moment because at Christmas, as T. S. Eliot wrote, “time was made through that moment: for without the meaning there is no time, and that moment gave the meaning.”
When the Word became flesh it was the moment that gave time, and everything in it, its meaning. In this light, Christmas is the center of history. Today we celebrate this central moment in time. We celebrate the moment when the Word became flesh.
God, thank you for the gift of giving our time meaning by entering into our time in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.