It’s hard to do a children’s play with this Christmas story

December 21, 2010

We always do Christmas Eve programs using the stories from Matthew and Luke.  I guess I really don’t have anything against that.  I mean, wise men, mangers, angels, shepherds, how can you go wrong?  (Aside from your real “prop” animals defecating on your set.)  These are the things of great stories, and great story telling.  This is THE STORY, after all. And it’s a true story.  These two Gospel accounts have everything a great story should have – not only conflict, plot, resolution – but drama; fear, flight in the night,  the supernatural, and most of all, love.  And again, it’s all TRUE.

I love it. But there is another Christmas story.  It’s recorded in John, chapter one.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He 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 all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He 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 did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 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: 1-14 NIV)

What a story!   The Creator becoming his own creation. The Maker, the Life-giver, the Light in the darkness.  He who knew no sin, became sin for us (Philippians 2)  The Grace-full One, the Truth-full One, became a person and lived with us a little while.

And it made all the difference in the Universe.  And because He did that, I can become a child of God! How’s that for a happy ending?

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