1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
“Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.”
This carol reminds me that Christmas is a time of making a bold declaration.
The opening of the letter 1 John contains this bold declaration.
The eternal, the creator and giver of life has appeared amongst us!
Yet the appearance of God himself begins in obscurity as a baby boy is born in a manger.
Every Christmas the community of Christians celebrates with joy that God, the Word of life, would reveal himself to his creation and unite himself to fragile humanity. We celebrate that we can know God and that He can relate to us, because he became one of us. Christmas for the Church is fellowship together as one, people of all backgrounds, shoulder to shoulder with God himself in our midst!
We declare this every day, and especially at Christmas, and we invite the world to join in, for this is good news for all!
Our almighty Creator, God thank you that your people passed on this good news to me. The Word of Life has appeared, Jesus Christ was born! Let this good news ring out from me and my family. Amen.
Written by Andrew Mellor