[CF Devotionals] 2014-12-12 - Christmas According to John

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As Christmas approaches, I wanted to share a few writings from the disciple whom Jesus loved, John.

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. 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. 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. We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:1-4)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

And then lastly, there is my favorite of all the birth narratives. This one isn't literal like the other narrative gospels, but it is — in my opinion — the most eloquent of them.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 9-14)

As you reflect on these passages, may the love, joy, hope, and peace that is the spirit of Christmas fill your hearts — and spill out into your lives.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.


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