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.