Christmas and Creation

Jeff Munroe

READ : John 1:1-13

In the beginning was the Word. (v. 1)

How do you begin to tell the good news of Jesus? Each of the Gospel writers starts at a different point. Mark, which most scholars believe was written first, starts with John the Baptist. Matthew and Luke both have birth stories about Jesus and also provide genealogies. Matthew’s genealogy goes back to Abraham, and Luke’s goes back to Adam. John, which most believe was written last, takes the good news of Jesus even farther, going back all the way to creation. Echoing Genesis 1, John 1 says that before Abraham or Adam or anything in creation was, the Word was. All things were made through him.

Christmas and creation are intertwined. Paul says it like this in Colossians 1: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth” (vv. 15-16). He is the firstborn over all creation, and yet on Christmas we celebrate his birth. More than that, our Christmas celebration includes awareness and acknowledgment that our spiritual birth comes through Jesus. In him was life and light for the world.

The old Christmas hymn by Charles Wesley puts it this way: “Born to give us second birth.” New life and new creation keep happening over and over again. “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (v. 12).

PRAYER

We praise you, our Creator, for every new birth.