by David Browder
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.Genesis 1:1–3 ESV
These are the familiar words that begin the Bible. They describe the beginning of our great, tragic, beautiful story of creation, fall, and redemption. And here we are in the midst of a pandemic and of our own personal struggles, grasping hold of our faith and of our trust in Christ. This story radiates through our lives as we put one foot in front of the other.
I would like to draw your attention to the third verse: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” God spoke and it was so. God’s Word is inherently creative. What He speaks comes into being.
Another portion of Scripture for you: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1–2 ESV) If this sounds remarkably similar to the Genesis reading, your ears do not deceive you. It is meant to. The Word God spoke in the beginning is made flesh. That Word is made flesh in order to make a new beginning. The Word came to make a new creation: a new creation without sickness, darkness, and evil.
This is the message of Christmas. The creative Word of God was made flesh to give you forgiveness and hope wherever you find yourself. The Babe lying in the manger who later hung on the cross is God’s healing, restorative word of grace and truth to you and your family. In the Person of the Word, Jesus Christ, we see and hear the pure, unobstructed Word of God to all of us who yearn for redemption: our redemption is here.
Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!