New Birth

New Birth

January 5

Read: JOHN 1:10-18

The Gospel is a power outside of ourselves that affects us in the inmost parts of our being. It does for us what we cannot do for ourselves: makes us children of God. Not “just” created by God in God’s image, but adopted by God as spiritual sons and daughters who willingly offer themselves up to his purpose. What is at the heart of the purpose of God? Incarnation. In the flesh. That’s the new covenant.

The mystery and miracle of the Gospel is John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God-with-us is the new covenant. Jesus. His love alive in human life, holiness in our humanity. That means that Christmas is as crucial as Easter: kingdom purpose is not just about salvation/eternal life, but about life here and now, the needs and hurts and hopes of all God’s people. Faith is not just about our personal forgiveness, healing, or eternal destination, but about Christ’s mission in the world to bring God’s kingdom of compassion, mercy, and justice to all his creation. Are we up for that?

Lord Jesus, Incarnate God, help me to embrace your mission to bring your life and love to the world around me. AMEN.

About the Author

Chris Haydon || I’ve been a Covenant pastor for almost 40 years and now serve as pastor of care and support at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, offering counseling and leading their Celebrate Recovery ministry. I am also a mental health therapist in the area, and love to witness how the love of God, intentional Christian community, and compassionate therapy can heal deep wounds and addictions, and give people hope, new value, and purpose in life. I love to walk, hike, and bike with my wife, Beth, who works for International Justice Ministry. We have four adult children who for some reason live on the West Coast.

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