He Gave the Right to Become Children of God: Christmastide [29DEC2013]
Lectionary: Psalm 147 ◊ Isaiah 61:10—62:3 ◊ Gal. 3:23-25; 4:4-7 ◊ John 1:1-18 ◊
1st Sunday after Christmas
Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word: Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts; may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one god, now and for ever. Amen.
“He was made man that we might become God…” St. Athanasius
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it… 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -
He gave the right to become children of God…(John 1:12 NLT) You are no longer a slave but God’s own child (Galatians 4:7 NLT).
I believe these are some of the most incredible and inconceivable words in the entirety of Scripture. God has reclaimed humanity as his own. As incredible an idea that God himself would come in the flesh to redeem humanity, God even pushes the envelope of reality further; He makes humanity his own flesh. My soul is exploding…my intellect cannot contain the revelation of the Great Light that has come to us. I do not pretend to fully understand the Incarnation…but my soul knows that it is real! I am alive at the core of who I am in Him. The prayer of my God and Savior, Jesus, is alive in me. His Life gives me life; I can feel His heart beating as my own and I am filled with incomprehensible, indescribable, and infinite joy! Humanity is now the flesh of God in and through Christ. As much as Jesus is God’s own Son, so now are all who would accept his atoning offer of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. Utterly amazing.
Prayer of Psalms:
1 Praise the LORD! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and fitting! 3 He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds. 4 He counts the stars and calls them all by name. 5 How great is our LORD! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! 7 Sing out your thanks to the LORD; Sing praises to our God! 21 Praise the LORD! (Psalm 147)