Christmas Eve: Jesus, the Word Become Flesh

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And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Tonight we remember the incarnation, the amazing moment when Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human, came to live among us. Jesus desires not only to live among us, but also to live within us. “But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God.” (John 1:12a) Have you made room for Jesus in your heart? Invite him in!

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Going Deeper

Slowly and reflectively, read John 1:1-14.

John’s Gospel begins like the book of Genesis: “In the beginning.” Jesus was there from the very beginning. During all of the events we’ve discussed this Advent, Jesus, the Word, was present, along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Tonight we celebrate the mind-blowing moment when “the Word became flesh.” God took on a human body and experienced the fullness of life on earth—the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly. He walked with us, touched us, and taught us. But he did so much more than tell us how to live—he showed us.

The image of the baby Jesus in a manger has become so familiar to us, that we sometimes forget how truly remarkable that first Christmas was. As you reflect on this, listen to “How Many Kings.”

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